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Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Michael Famiano

Second Advisor

Kirk Korista

Third Advisor

Manuel Bautista


Multiple models of type Ia supernovae are discussed, as well as the properties of white dwarf formation, electron degeneracy pressure, nucleosynthesis, and galactic chemical evolution (GCE). A GCE computer model is used to produce nuclear abundance data corresponding to Chandra (W7) and sub-Chandra (WDD2) type Ia supernovae models for Ca, Sc, Ti, V, Cr, and Mn nuclei. Overall, a trend was found indicating that the WDD2 model had greater [x/Fe] abundance values than the W7 model at the end time of the model. Additionally, each model fit within total observed data, but observed data filtered to highlight white dwarf stars tended to have greater [x/Fe] values than those produced for each model. Overall, data was not sufficient to provide insight into whether one model fits better with observed data.

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Honors Thesis-Open Access

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