[mesa-users] Burning questions

Ondrea Clarkson ond20id at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 18:53:21 EDT 2015

Those we're my thoughts exactly, which actually begs another question. Does
MESA differentiate between nuclear isomers? I was unsure if perhaps I was
only seeing ground state isomers with longer half-lives rather than
metastable states.

I may have a more fundamental lack of understanding with the networks. If I
don't specify my reactions via add_reactions, what does MESA do?

I have been working under the impression that this is necessary. In doing
this, I have not been able to find handles for 16O(16O,d)30P (which I know
very quickly will photodisintegrate), 16O(16O,n)31S, 31P(n,g)32P among

What I mean by compound reaction is something like:  16O(16O,p)31P(p,a)28Si
 in reactions.list being r1616ppa

Thank you


On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 3:28 PM, Francis Timmes <fxt44 at mac.com> wrote:

> hi ondrea,
> if the network specification includes unstable isotopes,
> they will be included in the calculation. as one example,
> look at /data/net_data/nets/mesa_201.net where you’ll
> many unstable isotopes in the network specification, such as al26.
> mesa would be in trouble if all it could evolve were the stable isotopes!
> to avoid a potential mixup in terminology, can you provide an example
> of what you mean by “compound reaction”?
> fxt
> > On Apr 22, 2015, at 11:56 AM, Ondrea Clarkson <ond20id at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hello everyone,
> > I am working on adding reactions to a network to include at least the
> primary reactions for hydrostatic oxygen burning and had a couple of
> general questions regarding how MESA is treating things.
> >
> > First of all, I'm not seeing any reactions which include unstable
> isotopes as products. I am wondering if they are simply not there or if
> MESA is handling them in some other way. I have been looking primarily in
> rates_def.f and reactions.list. In chem_def.f I can see a large list of
> isotopes present in the subroutine set_some_isos but that is all.
> >
> > Second, I am curious as to why compound reactions are used. i.e. what
> are the pros and cons of doing things this way? Is information being lost
> at all?
> >
> > Thank you,
> >
> > Ondrea
> >
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