[Mesa-users] Identifying models with convective cores

Warrick Ball wball at bison.ph.bham.ac.uk
Tue Oct 24 04:13:42 EDT 2017

Hi Benard,

In the FGONG standard [1], the 15th column of the "var" array is the 
dimensionless squared Brunt-Vaisala frequency, also known as the Ledoux 
discriminant or convective parameter.  It is negative in convectively- 
unstable regions and positive in convectively-stable regions.  FGONG is 
plain text, so it isn't too hard to read the files.  (If you use Python, I 
can help...)  Then you can use any criterion of your choice to decide 
whether or not a star as a convective core.


[1] https://www.astro.up.pt/corot/ntools/docs/CoRoT_ESTA_Files.pdf

Warrick Ball
Postdoc, School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
wball at bison.ph.bham.ac.uk
+44 (0)121 414 4552

On Mon, 23 Oct 2017, Nsamba Benard wrote:

> Hello MESA users,
> I have FGONG files of a set of MESA models ranging in mass 1.0 to 1.2 with
> different Z values. Is there a way to tell which models have a convective
> core? Can this be done in an automatised way?
> Thank you.
> Cheers,
> Benard
> PS: Sorry this is a more general question
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