[Mesa-users] Making binary evolution stop before mass loss/mass transfer starts

Evan Bauer evan.bauer.astro at gmail.com
Fri Feb 24 22:07:02 UTC 2023

Hi Ali,

I think you could achieve what you want by setting the mdot_scheme to 'roche_lobe'. The default 'Ritter' scheme has an exponential ramp-up so that there will always be at least some small amount of mass transfer as the star approaches Roche lobe overflow before fully reaching the Roche lobe radius. See section 2.3.1 in MESA III <https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015ApJS..220...15P/abstract>.


> On Feb 24, 2023, at 3:03 PM, Ali Pourmand via Mesa-users <mesa-users at lists.mesastar.org> wrote:
> Hello,
> I am using MESA to evolve binary systems, and I want them to stop before mass transfer initiates. 
> I have tried manually stopping the run at the photospheric radius equal to the roche lobe size, but due to the fact that the mass transfer schemes are implicit, mass transfer starts in some cases anyway.
> I was wondering if there are any better "mdot_schemes" I could work with? 
> Or is there any way to make the simulation stop once mass transfer stops. (even to set a lower limit on the initial mass, is there anything like that similar to the stop controls that do exist for radius?)
> best
> Ali Pourmand
> M.Sc. Student
> University of Alberta
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