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This is the home page for Boom, the optimistically named one dimensional astrophysical code used for calculation of type II iron core collapse supernova. This code was used for my doctoral dissertation.

The irony (haa iron) is that Boom doesn't go boom, and figuring out why is a topic of intense research in the professional research community. I thought that the name Boom was better than the old name of Collapse, which in turn is much better than Fizzle which is what the code actually does.

Much of the motivation for releasing this code is to encourage the formation of the field of amateur astrophysics. Also if you need a supernova code for any reason, this is the place to get it.

Boom has been run on many different UNIX based machines. Right now the prefered platform is Linux using the intel compiler. The newest version will run on Intel 9.1.

If you have some basic coding experience, there are some projects that you can do.

It is released under the terms of the GNU Public License.

Boom is available either by a tar file and by subversion. To get the code via subversion

svn co[dead link]

To install subversion see . Documentation for subversion is at

You can also view the source code online.[dead link]

Boom is intended to be the first in a series of professional astrophysical programs released to the general public. In addition to the programs themselves, this site will include commentary and physics explanations in plain English intended to bridge the gap between professional astronomers, amateur astronomers, and the general public.

In addition by publishing code in an open source license and forum, it is hoped that we can end the problem of abandonware in the professional astronomical community.

Roadrunner 08:29, 31 October 2006 (UTC)

Papers and dissertations using Boom and its predecessors[edit]

Feedback Effects of the Magnetorotational Instability on Core Collapse Supernovae

The Magneto-Rotational Instability and Core-Collapse Supernova Explosions

The effect of neutrino transport on the collapse of iron stellar cores