A new, efficient stellar evolution code for calculating complete evolutionary tracks

Attay Kovetz*, Ofer Yaron, Dina Prialnik

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We present a new stellar evolution code and a set of results, demonstrating its capability at calculating full evolutionary tracks for a wide range of masses and metallicities. The code is fast and efficient, and is capable of following through all evolutionary phases, without interruption or human intervention. It is meant to be used also in the context of modelling the evolution of dense stellar systems, for performing live calculations for both normal star models and merger products. The code is based on a fully implicit, adaptive-grid numerical scheme that solves simultaneously for structure, mesh and chemical composition. Full details are given for the treatment of convection, equation of state, opacity, nuclear reactions and mass loss. Results of evolutionary calculations are shown for a solar model that matches the characteristics of the present sun to an accuracy of better than 1 per cent; a 1 M model for a wide range of metallicities; a series of models of stellar Populations I and II, for the mass range 0.25 to 64 M , followed from pre-main-sequence to a cool white dwarf or core collapse. An initial-final mass relationship is derived and compared with previous studies. Finally, we briefly address the evolution of non-canonical configurations, merger products of low-mass main-sequence parents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1857-1874
Number of pages18
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagram
  • Methods: numerical
  • Stars: evolution
  • Stars: general
  • Stars: interiors


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