[mesa-users] Fwd: MESA binary capabilities

Bill Paxton paxton at kitp.ucsb.edu
Fri Jun 21 14:21:47 EDT 2013

Hi Pablo,

These questions about mesa binaries are of general interest.
Would you give brief answers and perhaps indicated where
you are going with this as well as the recent restructuring.


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Manos Chatzopoulos <manolis at astro.as.utexas.edu>
> Date: June 21, 2013 11:18:13 AM PDT
> To: Bill Paxton <paxton at kitp.ucsb.edu>
> Subject: MESA binary capabilities
> Hi Bill,
> I have a colleague here in UT who is interested in starting to use MESA
> to study binary evolution. So I have some general questions on the topic:
> 1) Can MESA do evolution of systems like Cataclysmic Variables?
> 2) Does it do the full evolution of the secondary star interior?
> 3) Can it calculate the evolution of the orbital characteristics? There will
> be angular momentum loss due to mass-transfer than will change
> the dynamics of the system, is there a recipe in MESA that handles all that?
> 4) Can the primary star be a neutron star, or even a black hole besides only
> just a white dwarf?
> Thanks a lot!
> Manos
> -- 
> Dr. Manos Chatzopoulos
> Department of Astronomy
> University of Texas at Austin

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