StaNdaRT: a repository of standardised test models and outputs for supernova radiative transfer

Stéphane Blondin, Sergei Blinnikov, Fionntan P. Callan, Christine E. Collins, Luc Dessart, Wesley Even, Andreas Flörs, Andrew G. Fullard, D. John Hillier, Anders Jerkstrand, Daniel Kasen, Boaz Katz, Wolfgang Kerzendorf, Alexandra Kozyreva, Jack O'Brien, Ezequiel A. Pássaro, Nathaniel Roth, Ken J. Shen, Luke Shingles, Stuart A. SimJaladh Singhal, Isaac G. Smith, Elena Sorokina, Victor P. Utrobin, Christian Vogl, Marc Williamson, Ryan Wollaeger, Stan E. Woosley, Nahliel Wygoda

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We present the first results of a comprehensive supernova (SN) radiative-transfer (RT) code-comparison initiative (StaNdaRT), where the emission from the same set of standardised test models is simulated by currently used RT codes. We ran a total of ten codes on a set of four benchmark ejecta models of Type Ia SNe. We consider two sub-Chandrasekhar-mass (Mtot = 1.0) toy models with analytic density and composition profiles and two Chandrasekhar-mass delayed-detonation models that are outcomes of hydrodynamical simulations. We adopt spherical symmetry for all four models. The results of the different codes, including the light curves, spectra, and the evolution of several physical properties as a function of radius and time are provided in electronic form in a standard format via a public repository. We also include the detailed test model profiles and several Python scripts for accessing and presenting the input and output files. We also provide the code used to generate the toy models studied here. In this paper, we describe the test models, radiative-transfer codes, and output formats in detail, and provide access to the repository. We present example results of several key diagnostic features.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA163
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Radiative transfer
  • Supernovae: general


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