[Mesa-users] custom rates

amber lauer amber.lauer at tunl.duke.edu
Thu Feb 15 13:48:31 EST 2018

Hello friends. I am working on a model that uses custom reaction rates for
many important reactions, though not all. As such I have specified the
rate_tables and cache folder in my inlist, with the former including all
the rate files and the rate_list.txt file.  This has presented a few
difficulties, and led to the following questions:

How can I confirm that the model is using the rates I provide? Upon
inspecting the cache folder I see that it is converting these files to
.bin. What format is that, other than binary? Is there a way to see the

​For weak rates, I see that according to  file in the method is similar to
the combination of rate_list.txt and rate files, but the weak rate files
are expected to be in hdf5(hdfs?) rather than .txt format?

​Also for weak rates, I see that there is also the file ​weak_info.list
which contains slightly different info, the half life and the quantity Qneu
(the neutrino energy?). Can someone talk about the difference between that
file (other than the obvious) and the weak rates tables (similar in format
to weakreactions.tables)? Also, the info in weakreactions.tables appears to
conform to the same data set as described in weak_rate_list.txt, but is
not, to my knowledge, in hdf5 format.


Amber Lauer
Postdoctoral Researcher
Triangle University Nuclear Lab
Duke University
amber.lauer at tunl.duke.edu <amber.lauer at duke.edu>
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