[mesa-users] Setting initial conditions

Aaron Dotter aaron.dotter at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 11:30:05 EDT 2016

Hi Siddhant,

That's not how stellar evolution codes work.  You have *evolve* your model
from some initial condition (could be the pre-main sequence or ZAMS) up to
the conditions of the real star in question.

You can use the astero module to help you find the initial conditions that
will evolve to the star you're interested in, if you like.  You may find
this page useful:


On Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 11:20 AM, siddhant solanki <
siddhantsolanki321 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I am trying to evolve a real star using MESA. I wish to put in the known
> properties of the star as the initial conditions for the MESA run. I have
> been able to put in the initial mass and metallicity of the star but I also
> wish to put in the initial temperature, rotation rate, starting age (as the
> current age if the star ) surface gravity and initial luminosity
> (bolometric and visible) for the run. May someone please tell me the
> commands for all of these options? Also should I put these options under
> star job or &controls?
> Thank you
> SIncerely
> Siddhant
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