Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Organisation University of Turku
Project title Studying Exotic and extReme EruptioNs AnD Explosions (SERENADE)
Applicant / Contact person Kotak, Rubina
Decision No. 340613
Decision date 03.06.2021
Funding period 01.09.2021 - 31.08.2025
Funding 433 145
Project description
Supernovae are spectacular events -- the death throes of stars that can be seen across the Universe. They radiate across the whole electromagnetic spectrum from radio to gamma-rays, and can be accompanied by gravitational wave and neutrino emission. They are also cosmic recycling plants: all elements in the Universe heavier than hydrogen and helium are created either in the cores of stars (by nuclear fusion) or in supernova explosions. Unlike most other astronomical phenomena, supernovae can be observed to evolve on human timescales. In spite of their importance, there are many puzzles surrounding the origin and evolution of supernovae. This project seeks to solve some of these mysteries by gathering the best possible datasets using the latest advances in automated telescopes, and comparing with state-of-the-art models that are based on realistic descriptions of physical processes.