# controls¶

## specifications for starting model¶

NOTE: if you are loading a saved model,
then the following initial values are NOT USED to modify the model.
in particular, you cannot use these to change Y or Z of an existing model.
if you want to do that, see `star_job.defaults`

controls such as `change_Y`

.
however, these are reported in output as the initial values for the star.

### initial_mass¶

initial mass in Msun units. can be any value you’d like when you are creating a pre-main sequence model.

NOTE: this is not used when loading a saved model. however is reported in output as the initial mass of the star. don’t let that confuse you.

if you are loading a ZAMS model and the requested mass is in the range of
prebuilt models, the code will interpolate in mass using the closest prebuilt models.
if the requested mass is beyond the range of the prebuilt models, the code will
load the closest one and then call “relax mass” to create a model to match the request.
the prebuilt range is 0.08 Msun to 100 Msun, so the `relax_mass`

method is only used for extreme cases. there are enough prebuilt models that the
interpolation in mass seems to work fine for many applications.

```
initial_mass = 1
```

### initial_z¶

initial metallicity for create pre-ms and create initial model
`initial_z`

can be any value from 0 to 0.04

not used when loading a saved model. however is reported in output as the initial Z of the star.

however, if you are loading a zams model,
then `initial_z`

must match one of the prebuilt values.
look in the `'data/star_data/zams_models'`

directory
to see what prebuilt zams Z’s are available.
at time of writing, only 0.02 was included in the standard version of star.

```
initial_z = 0.02d0
```

### initial_y¶

initial helium mass fraction for create pre-ms and create initial (< 0 means use default which is 0.24 + 2*initial_z)

not used when loading a saved model or a zams model. however is reported in output as the initial Y of the star.

NOTE: this is only used for create pre-main-sequence model and create initial model, and not when loading a zams model.

```
initial_y = -1
```

### initial_he3¶

initial mass fraction of he3. Must be smaller than initial_y. (< 0 means use default which is taken as solar scaled such that he4/he3 has the same value as the Sun)

not used when loading a saved model or a zams model.

```
initial_he3 = -1
```

## controls for output¶

### terminal_interval¶

write info to terminal when `mod(model_number, terminal_interval) = 0`

.
note: this replaces the obsolete control `terminal_cnt`

.

```
terminal_interval = 1
```

### write_header_frequency¶

output the log header info to the terminal
when `mod(model_number, write_header_frequency*terminal_interval) = 0`

.

```
write_header_frequency = 10
```

### extra_terminal_output_file¶

if not empty, output terminal info to this file in addition to terminal.
this does not capture all of the terminal output – just the common items.
it is intended for use in situations where you cannot directly see the terminal output
such as when running on a cluster. if you want to be able to monitor
the progress for such cases, you can set `extra_terminal_output_file = 'log'`

and then do `tail -f log`

to view the terminal output as it is recorded in the file.

```
extra_terminal_output_file = ''
```

### terminal_show_age_units¶

### terminal_show_timestep_units¶

### terminal_show_log_dt¶

### terminal_show_log_age¶

options are ‘years’, ‘yrs’, ‘days’, ‘secs’, or ‘seconds’ this replaces the old controls terminal_show_age_in_years & terminal_show_age_in_days

```
terminal_show_age_units = 'years'
terminal_show_timestep_units = 'years'
terminal_show_log_dt = .true.
terminal_show_log_age = .false.
```

### num_trace_history_values¶

any valid name for a history data column, such as `surf_v_rot`

for example if you have rapid rotation at the surface,
you might want to try something like this:

```
num_trace_history_values = 7
trace_history_value_name(1) = 'surf_v_rot'
trace_history_value_name(2) = 'surf_omega_div_omega_crit'
trace_history_value_name(3) = 'log_rotational_mdot_boost'
trace_history_value_name(4) = 'log_total_angular_momentum'
trace_history_value_name(5) = 'center n14'
trace_history_value_name(6) = 'surface n14'
trace_history_value_name(7) = 'average n14'
```

value must be less than or equal to 10

```
num_trace_history_values = 0
```

### photo_interval¶

save a photo file for possible restarting when `mod(model_number, photo_interval) = 0`

.
note: this replaces the obsolete control `photostep`

.

```
photo_interval = 50
```

### photo_digits¶

use this many digits from the end of the `model_number`

for the photo name

```
photo_digits = 3
```

### history_interval¶

append an entry to the history.data file when `mod(model_number, history_interval) = 0`

.

```
history_interval = 5
```

### star_history_header_name¶

If not empty, then put star history header info in `star_history_name`

file.
In this case the history file has only data, making it easier
to use with some plotting packages.

```
star_history_header_name = ''
```

### star_history_dbl_format¶

format for writing reals to `star_history_name`

file

```
star_history_dbl_format = '(1pes40.16e3, 1x)'
```

### star_history_int_format¶

format for writing integer to `star_history_name`

file

```
star_history_int_format = '(i40, 1x)'
```

### star_history_txt_format¶

format for writing characters to `star_history_name`

file

```
star_history_txt_format = '(a40, 1x)'
```

### profile_interval¶

save a model profile info when `mod(model_number, profile_interval) = 0`

.

```
profile_interval = 50
```

### priority_profile_interval¶

give saved profile a higher priority for retention when
`mod(model_number, priority_profile_interval) = 0`

.

```
priority_profile_interval = 1000
```

### profile_data_header_suffix¶

If not empty, then put profile data header info here. In this case the profile data file has only data, making it easier to use with some plotting packages.

```
profile_data_header_suffix = ''
```

### profile_dbl_format¶

format for writing reals to profile file

```
profile_dbl_format = '(1pes40.16e3, 1x)'
```

### max_num_profile_zones¶

if `nz > this`

, then only write a subsample of the zones.
only used if > 1

```
max_num_profile_zones = -1
```

### max_num_profile_models¶

Maximum number of saved profiles. If there’s no limit on the number of profiles saved, you can fill up your disk – I’ve done it. So it’s a good idea to set this limit to a reasonable number such as 20 or 30. Once that many have been saved during a run, old ones will be discarded to make room for new ones. Profiles that were saved for key events are given priority and aren’t removed as long as there is a lower priority profile that can be discarded instead. Less than zero means no limit.

```
max_num_profile_models = 100
```

### profile_header_include_sys_details¶

if this is true, profile header includes strings for compiler, build, etc.

```
profile_header_include_sys_details = .true.
```

### write_model_with_profile¶

if this is true, models are written at same time as profiles

```
write_model_with_profile = .false.
```

### write_controls_info_with_profile¶

if this is true, the values of the options in the controls inlist are written at same time as profiles

```
write_controls_info_with_profile = .false.
```

### mixing_D_limit_for_log¶

if max `D_mix`

in mixing region is less than this, don’t include the region in the log
doesn’t apply to thermohaline or semiconvective regions

```
mixing_D_limit_for_log = 1d4
```

### write_pulse_data_with_profile¶

If `.true.`

, also save model data in a format compatible with pulsation codes.

```
write_pulse_data_with_profile = .false.
```

### pulse_data_format¶

Format of pulsation data. Current options (case insensitive) are:

`'CAFEIN'`

- Format defined for CAFein (Valsecchi et al. 2013).
`'FGONG'`

- Format originally defined for the GONG solar model project. A definition was given in 2005 for the CoRoT/ESTA project and GONG itself. MESA’s implementation largely follows this subsequent 2015 definition.
`'OSC'`

- Format similar to FGONG originally produced for models from CESAM. Also defined for the CoRoT/ESTA project.
`'GYRE'`

- The plain-text format defined for GYRE, which GYRE itself refers to as
`'MESA'`

format. `'GSM'`

- The HDF5-based format defined for GYRE.
`'SAIO'`

- Format for Saio’s pulsation code.
`'GR1D'`

- Format for GR1D, defined in Sec. 3 of the GR1D documentation.

```
pulse_data_format = 'FGONG'
```

### add_atmosphere_to_pulse_data¶

if true, write atmosphere to pulse files

```
add_atmosphere_to_pulse_data = .false.
```

### add_center_point_to_pulse_data¶

if true, add point for r=0 to pulse files

```
add_center_point_to_pulse_data = .true.
```

### keep_surface_point_for_pulse_data¶

if true, add k=1 cell to pulse files

```
keep_surface_point_for_pulse_data = .false.
```

### add_double_points_to_pulse_data¶

add double points at discontinuities

```
add_double_points_to_pulse_data = .false.
```

### interpolate_rho_for_pulse_data¶

If true, then get `rho_face`

by interpolating rho at cell center.
If false, then calculate rho_face by `dm/(4*pi*r^2*dr)`

.

```
interpolate_rho_for_pulse_data = .true.
```

### threshold_grad_mu_for_double_point¶

threshold in grad_mu = dln(mu)/dln(P) for a double point to be written

```
threshold_grad_mu_for_double_point = 10d0
```

### max_number_of_double_points¶

maximum number of double points to be written (0 = no limit); when this limit is set, double points are chosen in order of decreasing \(|\nabla_\mu|\)

```
max_number_of_double_points = 0
```

### fgong_header¶

These are the four lines of arbitrary text that appear at the beginning of an FGONG file to describe its contents.

```
fgong_header(1) = 'FGONG file'
fgong_header(2) = 'Created by MESAstar'
fgong_header(3) = ''
fgong_header(4) = ''
```

### fgong_ivers¶

The version number for the FGONG file, which can only be 300 or 1300.
300 gives the old narrow format `'(1P5E16.9,x)'`

, which
can produce numbers with no space separating them.
1300 gives the ‘wide’ FGONG format `'(1P,5(X,E26.18E3))'`

, as agreed on at the
5th Aarhus RGB workshop (University of Birmingham, UK, October 2015).

```
fgong_ivers = 1300 ! 300 or 1300 only
```

### max_num_gyre_points¶

limit gyre output files to at most this number of points only used when > 1

```
max_num_gyre_points = -1
```

### fgong_zero_A_inside_r¶

when writing FGONG, if r < this and cell has mixing of some kind, force A = 0 Rsun units

```
fgong_zero_A_inside_r = 0d0
```

### trace_mass_location¶

location for `trace_mass_radius`

, `trace_mass_logT`

, etc. (Msun units)

```
trace_mass_location = 0
```

### min_tau_for_max_abs_v_location¶

controls choice of location in model for `max_abs_v`

history info.
can use this to exclude locations too close to surface.
ignore if <= 0

```
min_tau_for_max_abs_v_location = 0
```

### min_q_for_inner_mach1_location¶

controls choice of location in model for innermost mach 1 history info. can use this to exclude locations too close to center.

```
min_q_for_inner_mach1_location = 0
```

### max_q_for_outer_mach1_location¶

controls choice of location in model for outermost mach 1 history info. can use this to exclude locations too close to surface.

```
max_q_for_outer_mach1_location = 1
```

### burn_min1¶

used for reporting where burning zone occur, for example in the pgstar TRho profiles.
see `star/public/star_data.inc`

for details.
must be < `burn_min2`

.
In ergs/g/sec.

```
burn_min1 = 50
```

### burn_min2¶

used for reporting where burning zone occur, for example in the pgstar TRho profiles.
see `star/public/star_data.inc`

for details.
In ergs/g/sec.

```
burn_min2 = 1000
```

### max_conv_vel_div_csound_maxq¶

only consider from center out to this location

```
max_conv_vel_div_csound_maxq = 1
```

### width_for_limit_conv_vel¶

look this number of cells on either side of boundary to see if any boundary k in that range has s% csound(k) < s% v(k) <= s% csound(k-1) i.e. transition from subsonic to supersonic as go inward if find any such transition then don’t allow increase in convection velocity. this implies no change from radiative to convective. the purpose of this is to prevent convective energy transport from moving energy from behind a shock to in front of the shock.

```
width_for_limit_conv_vel = 3
```

### max_q_for_limit_conv_vel¶

for q(k) <= this, don’t allow conv_vel to grow

```
max_q_for_limit_conv_vel = -1
```

### max_r_in_cm_for_limit_conv_vel¶

for r(k) <= this, don’t allow conv_vel to grow

```
max_r_in_cm_for_limit_conv_vel = -1
```

### max_mass_in_gm_for_limit_conv_vel¶

for m(k) <= this, don’t allow conv_vel to grow

```
max_mass_in_gm_for_limit_conv_vel = -1
```

### center_avg_value_dq¶

reported center values are averages over this fraction of star mass

```
center_avg_value_dq = 1d-8
```

### surface_avg_abundance_dq¶

reported surface abundances are averages over this fraction of star mass

```
surface_avg_abundance_dq = 1d-8
```

### conv_core_gap_dq_limit¶

skip non-convective gaps of less than this limit when reporting convective core size

```
conv_core_gap_dq_limit = 0d0
```

## definition of core boundaries¶

### he_core_boundary_h1_fraction¶

If fraction >= 0, boundary is outermost location where h1 mass fraction is <= this value,
and he4 mass fraction >= `min_boundary_fraction`

(see below).
If fraction < 0, boundary is outermost location where he4 is the most abundant species.

```
he_core_boundary_h1_fraction = 0.1d0
```

### co_core_boundary_he4_fraction¶

If fraction >= 0, boundary is outermost location where he4 mass fraction is <= this value,
and c12+o16 mass fraction >= `min_boundary_fraction`

(see below).
If fraction < 0, boundary is outermost location where c12+o16 is more abundant than any other species.

```
co_core_boundary_he4_fraction = 0.1d0
```

### one_core_boundary_he4_c12_fraction¶

If fraction >= 0, boundary is outermost location where combine he4+c12 mass fraction is <= this value,
and o16+ne20 mass fraction >= `min_boundary_fraction`

(see below).
If fraction < 0, boundary is outermost location where o16+ne20 is more abundant than any other species.

```
one_core_boundary_he4_c12_fraction = 0.1d0
```

### fe_core_boundary_si28_fraction¶

For this case, “iron” includes any species with A > 46.
If fraction >= 0, boundary is outermost location where si28 mass fraction is <= this value,
and “iron” mass fraction >= `min_boundary_fraction`

(see below).
If fraction < 0, boundary is outermost location where “iron” is the most abundant species.

```
fe_core_boundary_si28_fraction = 0.1d0
```

### neutron_rich_core_boundary_Ye_max¶

Boundary is outermost location where Ye is <= this value.

```
neutron_rich_core_boundary_Ye_max = 0.48d0
```

## when to stop¶

### max_model_number¶

The code will stop when it reaches this model number. Negative means no maximum.

```
max_model_number = -1
```

### when_to_stop_rtol¶

Relative error criteria when hitting stop target time. The system will automatically redo with a smaller timestep to hit a stopping target. It calculates the following “error” term and retries if it is > 1.

```
error = abs(value - target_value)/ &
(when_to_stop_atol + when_to_stop_rtol*max(abs(value),abs(target_value)))
```

```
when_to_stop_rtol = 1d99
```

### when_to_stop_atol¶

Abolute error criteria when hitting stop target time. The system will automatically redo with a smaller timestep to hit a stopping target. It calculates the following “error” term and retries if it is > 1.

```
error = abs(value - target_value)/ &
(when_to_stop_atol + when_to_stop_rtol*max(abs(value),abs(target_value)))
```

```
when_to_stop_atol = 1d99
```

### max_age¶

### max_age_in_days¶

### max_age_in_seconds¶

Stop when the age of the star exceeds this value (in years). only applies when > 0.

```
max_age = 1d36
max_age_in_days = -1
max_age_in_seconds = -1
```

### num_adjusted_dt_steps_before_max_age¶

This adjusts `max_years_for_timestep`

so that hit `max_age`

exactly,
without needing possibly large change in timestep at end of run.
only used if > 0

number of time steps to adjust to prior to hitting max age only used if > 0

```
num_adjusted_dt_steps_before_max_age = 0
```

### reduction_factor_for_max_timestep¶

per time step reduction limited to this

```
reduction_factor_for_max_timestep = 0.98d0
```

### gamma_center_limit¶

gamma is the plasma interaction parameter. Stop when the center value of gamma exceeds this limit.

```
gamma_center_limit = 1d99
```

### eta_center_limit¶

eta is the electron chemical potential in units of k*T. Stop when the center value of eta exceeds this limit.

```
eta_center_limit = 1d99
```

### log_center_density_limit¶

Stop when log10 of the center density exceeds this limit.

```
log_center_density_limit = 12d0
```

### log_center_density_lower_limit¶

Stop when log10 of the center density is below this limit.

```
log_center_density_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### log_center_temp_limit¶

Stop when log10 of the center temperature exceeds this limit.

```
log_center_temp_limit = 11d0
```

### log_center_temp_lower_limit¶

Stop when log10 of the center temperature is below this limit.

```
log_center_temp_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### surface_accel_div_grav_limit = -1¶

This is used when do not have a velocity variable.
The acceleration ratio is `abs(accel)/grav`

at surface,
where accel is `(rdot-rdot_old)/dt`

and grav is `G*m/r^2`

.
Stop if the ratio becomes larger than this limit.
Ignored if <= 0.

```
surface_accel_div_grav_limit = -1
```

### log_max_temp_upper_limit¶

stop when log10 of the maximum temperature rises above this limit.

```
log_max_temp_upper_limit = 99
```

### log_max_temp_lower_limit¶

stop when log10 of the maximum temperature drops below this limit.

```
log_max_temp_lower_limit = -99
```

### center_entropy_limit¶

stop when the center entropy exceeds this limit. in kerg per baryon

```
center_entropy_limit = 1d99
```

### center_entropy_lower_limit¶

stop when the center entropy is below this limit. in kerg per baryon

```
center_entropy_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### max_entropy_limit¶

stop when the max entropy exceeds this limit. in kerg per baryon

```
max_entropy_limit = 1d99
```

### max_entropy_lower_limit¶

stop when the max entropy is below this limit. in kerg per baryon

```
max_entropy_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### xa_central_lower_limit_species¶

### xa_central_lower_limit¶

Lower limits on central mass fractions.
Stop when central abundance drops below this limit.
Can have up to `num_xa_central_limits`

of these (see `star_def.inc`

for value).
`xa_central_lower_limit_species`

contains an isotope name as defined in `chem_def.f90`

.
`xa_central_lower_limit`

contains the lower limit value.

```
xa_central_lower_limit_species(1) = ''
xa_central_lower_limit(1) = 0
```

### xa_central_upper_limit_species¶

### xa_central_upper_limit¶

Upper limits on central mass fractions.
Stop when central abundance rises above this limit.
Can have up to `num_xa_central_limits`

of these (see `star_def.inc`

for value).
E.g., to stop when center c12 abundance reaches 0.5, set

```
xa_central_upper_limit_species(1) = 'c12'
xa_central_upper_limit(1) = 0.5
```

```
xa_central_upper_limit_species(1) = ''
xa_central_upper_limit(1) = 0
```

### xa_surface_lower_limit_species¶

### xa_surface_lower_limit¶

Lower limits on surface mass fractions.
Stop when surface abundance drops below this limit.
Can have up to `num_xa_surface_limits`

of these (see `star_def`

for value)
`xa_surface_lower_limit_species`

contains an isotope name as defined in `chem_def.f`

`xa_surface_lower_limit`

contains the lower limit value

```
xa_surface_lower_limit_species(1) = ''
xa_surface_lower_limit(1) = 0
```

### xa_surface_upper_limit_species¶

### xa_surface_upper_limit¶

upper limits on surface mass fractions
stop when surface abundance rises above this limit
can have up to `num_xa_surface_limits`

of these (see `star_def`

for value)
e.g., to stop when surface c12 abundance reaches 0.5, set

```
xa_surface_upper_limit_species(1) = 'c12'
xa_surface_upper_limit(1) = 0.5
```

```
xa_surface_upper_limit_species(1) = ''
xa_surface_upper_limit(1) = 0
```

### xa_average_lower_limit_species¶

### xa_average_lower_limit¶

lower limits on average mass fractions
stop when average abundance drops below this limit
can have up to `num_xa_average_limits`

of these (see `star_def`

for value)

```
xa_average_lower_limit_species(1) = ''
xa_average_lower_limit(1) = 0
```

### xa_average_upper_limit_species¶

### xa_average_upper_limit¶

upper limits on average mass fractions
stop when average abundance rises above this limit
can have up to `num_xa_average_limits`

of these (see `star_def`

for value)

```
xa_average_upper_limit_species(1) = ''
xa_average_upper_limit(1) = 0
```

### HB_limit¶

For detecting horizontal branch. Only applies when center abundance by mass of h1 is < 1d-4. Stop when the center abundance by mass of he4 drops below this limit.

```
HB_limit = 0
```

### star_mass_min_limit¶

Stop when star mass in Msun units is < this. <= 0 means no limit.

```
star_mass_min_limit = 0
```

### star_mass_max_limit¶

Stop when star mass in Msun units is > this. <= 0 means no limit.

```
star_mass_max_limit = 0
```

### remnant_mass_min_limit¶

### ejecta_mass_max_limit¶

Stop when remnant mass in Msun units is < this. <= 0 means no limit. remnant_mass = star_mass - ejecta_mass ejecta_mass is outermost mass that all has v(k) >= v_escape(k)

```
remnant_mass_min_limit = 0
ejecta_mass_max_limit = 1d99
```

### star_species_mass_min_limit¶

### star_species_mass_min_limit_iso¶

### star_species_mass_max_limit¶

### star_species_mass_max_limit_iso¶

```
star_species_mass_min_limit = 0
star_species_mass_min_limit_iso = ''
```

```
star_species_mass_max_limit = 0
star_species_mass_max_limit_iso = ''
```

### star_H_mass_max_limit¶

Stop when star hydrogen mass in Msun units is > this. <= 0 means no limit.

star_H_mass_min_limit replaced by star_species_mass_min_limit star_He_mass_min_limit replaced by star_species_mass_min_limit star_C_mass_min_limit replaced by star_species_mass_min_limit star_H_mass_max_limit replaced by star_species_mass_max_limit star_He_mass_max_limit replaced by star_species_mass_max_limit star_C_mass_max_limit replaced by star_species_mass_max_limit

### envelope_mass_limit¶

envelope_mass = star_mass - he_core_mass

Stop when `envelope_mass`

drops below this limit, in Msun units.

```
envelope_mass_limit = 0
```

### envelope_fraction_left_limit¶

envelope_fraction_left = (star_mass - he_core_mass)/(initial_mass - he_core_mass)

Stop when `envelope_fraction_left`

< this limit.

```
envelope_fraction_left_limit = 0
```

### xmstar_min_limit¶

xmstar = mstar - M_center

stop when xmstar in grams is < this. <= 0 means no limit.

```
xmstar_min_limit = 0
```

### xmstar_max_limit¶

xmstar = mstar - M_center

stop when xmstar in grams is > this. <= 0 means no limit.

```
xmstar_max_limit = 0
```

### he_core_mass_limit¶

stop when helium core reaches this mass, in Msun units

```
he_core_mass_limit = 1d99
```

### neutron_rich_core_mass_limit¶

stop when neutron rich core reaches this mass, in Msun units

```
neutron_rich_core_mass_limit = 1d99
```

### he_layer_mass_lower_limit¶

he layer mass is defined as `he_core_mass`

- `c_core_mass`

stop when `c_core_mass`

> 0 and he layer mass < this limit (Msun units).

```
he_layer_mass_lower_limit = 0
```

### abs_diff_lg_LH_lg_Ls_limit¶

stop when `abs(lg_LH - lg_Ls) <= abs_diff_LH_Lsurf_limit`

can be useful for deciding when pre-main sequence star has reached ZAMS
set to negative value to disable

```
abs_diff_lg_LH_lg_Ls_limit = -1
```

### photosphere_r_upper_limit¶

stop when `photosphere_r`

is greater than this limit, in Rsun units

```
photosphere_r_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### photosphere_r_lower_limit¶

stop when `photosphere_r`

is less than this limit, in Rsun units

```
photosphere_r_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### photosphere_m_upper_limit¶

stop when `photosphere_m`

is greater than this limit, in Msun units

```
photosphere_m_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### photosphere_m_lower_limit¶

stop when `photosphere_m`

is less than this limit, in Msun units

```
photosphere_m_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### photosphere_m_sub_M_center_limit¶

stop when `photosphere_m`

is less than this limit above `M_center`

, in Msun units

```
photosphere_m_sub_M_center_limit = -1d99
```

### log_Teff_upper_limit¶

stop when log10 of Teff is greater than this limit.

```
log_Teff_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### log_Tsurf_upper_limit¶

stop when log10 of T in outermost cell is greater than this limit.

```
log_Tsurf_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### log_Tsurf_lower_limit¶

stop when log10 of T in outermost cell is less than this limit.

```
log_Tsurf_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### log_Rsurf_upper_limit¶

stop when log10 of R/Rsun in outermost cell is greater than this limit.

```
log_Rsurf_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### log_Rsurf_lower_limit¶

stop when log10 of R/Rsun in outermost cell is less than this limit.

```
log_Rsurf_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### log_L_upper_limit¶

stop when log10(total luminosity in Lsun units) is greater than this limit.
in order to skip pre-ms, this limit only applies when `L_nuc`

> 0.01*L

```
log_L_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### log_L_lower_limit¶

stop when log10(total luminosity in Lsun units) is less than this limit.

```
log_L_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### log_g_upper_limit¶

stop when log10(gravity at surface) is greater than this limit.

```
log_g_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### log_g_lower_limit¶

stop when log10(gravity at surface) is less than this limit.

```
log_g_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### log_Psurf_upper_limit¶

stop when log10 of surface pressure is greater than this limit.

```
log_Psurf_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### log_Psurf_lower_limit¶

stop when log10 of surface pressure is less than this limit.

```
log_Psurf_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### log_Dsurf_upper_limit¶

stop when log10 of surface density is greater than this limit.

```
log_Dsurf_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### log_Dsurf_lower_limit¶

stop when log10 of surface density is less than this limit.

```
log_Dsurf_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### power_nuc_burn_upper_limit¶

stop when total power from all nuclear reactions (in Lsun units) is > this.

```
power_nuc_burn_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### power_h_burn_upper_limit¶

stop when total power from hydrogen-consuming reactions (in Lsun units) is > this.

```
power_h_burn_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### power_he_burn_upper_limit¶

stop when total power from reactions burning helium (in Lsun units) is > this.

```
power_he_burn_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### power_z_burn_upper_limit¶

stop when total power from reactions burning metals (in Lsun units) is > this

```
power_z_burn_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### power_nuc_burn_lower_limit¶

stop when total power from all nuclear reactions (in Lsun units) is < this.

```
power_nuc_burn_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### power_h_burn_lower_limit¶

stop when total power from hydrogen consuming reactions (in Lsun units) is < this.

```
power_h_burn_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### power_he_burn_lower_limit¶

stop when total power from reactions burning helium (in Lsun units) is < this.

```
power_he_burn_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### power_z_burn_lower_limit¶

stop when total power from reactions burning metals (in Lsun units) is < this.

```
power_z_burn_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### max_abs_rel_run_E_err¶

Stop if the abs value of cumulative_energy_error/total_energy exceeds this value. Ignore if < 0. Also ignore during relax operations.

```
max_abs_rel_run_E_err = 0.01d0
```

### max_number_retries¶

Stop if the number of retries exceeds this value. Ignore if < 0.

```
max_number_retries = -1
```

```
relax_max_number_retries = 300
```

### min_timestep_limit¶

stop if need timestep smaller than this limit, in seconds

```
min_timestep_limit = 1d-6
```

### fe_core_infall_limit¶

stop if max infall speed at any location interior to `fe_core_mass`

, in cm/s

```
fe_core_infall_limit = 3d7
```

### non_fe_core_infall_limit¶

stop if max infall speed (inward) at any location interior to `he_core_mass`

. in cm/s

```
non_fe_core_infall_limit = 1d99
```

### non_fe_core_rebound_limit¶

stop if max rebound speed (outward) at any location interior to `he_core_mass`

. in cm/s

```
non_fe_core_rebound_limit = 1d99
```

### v_surf_div_v_kh_upper_limit¶

stop if `abs(v_surf/v_kh)`

> this limit, where `v_kh = photosphere_r/kh_timescale`

```
v_surf_div_v_kh_upper_limit = 1d99
```

### v_surf_div_v_kh_lower_limit¶

stop if `abs(v_surf/v_kh)`

< this limit, where `v_kh = photosphere_r/kh_timescale`

```
v_surf_div_v_kh_lower_limit = -1d99
```

### Lnuc_div_L_zams_limit¶

defines “near zams” – note: must also set `stop_near_zams`

```
Lnuc_div_L_zams_limit = 0.9d0
```

### stop_at_phase_PreMS¶

### stop_at_phase_ZAMS¶

### stop_at_phase_IAMS¶

### stop_at_phase_TAMS¶

### stop_at_phase_He_Burn¶

### stop_at_phase_ZACHeB¶

### stop_at_phase_TACHeB¶

### stop_at_phase_TP_AGB¶

### stop_at_phase_C_Burn¶

### stop_at_phase_Ne_Burn¶

### stop_at_phase_O_Burn¶

### stop_at_phase_Si_Burn¶

### stop_at_phase_WDCS¶

if true, when phase of evolution reaches this point.

```
stop_at_phase_PreMS = .false.
stop_at_phase_ZAMS = .false.
stop_at_phase_IAMS = .false.
stop_at_phase_TAMS = .false.
stop_at_phase_He_Burn = .false.
stop_at_phase_ZACHeB = .false.
stop_at_phase_TACHeB = .false.
stop_at_phase_TP_AGB = .false.
stop_at_phase_C_Burn = .false.
stop_at_phase_Ne_Burn = .false.
stop_at_phase_O_Burn = .false.
stop_at_phase_Si_Burn = .false.
stop_at_phase_WDCS = .false.
```

### gamma1_limit¶

stop if min gamma1 < this limit in a cell with `q <= gamma1_limit_max_q`

```
gamma1_limit = -1
```

### gamma1_limit_max_q¶

stop if gamma1 < this limit at any location with `q <= gamma1_limit_max_q`

values near unity skip the outer envelope

```
gamma1_limit_max_q = 0.95d0
```

### gamma1_limit_max_v_div_vesc¶

stop if gamma1 < this limit at any location with `v_div_vesc <= gamma1_limit_max_v_div_vesc`

```
gamma1_limit_max_v_div_vesc = 0.95d0
```

### Pgas_div_P_limit_max_q¶

stop if Pgas/P < this limit at any location with `q <= Pgas_div_P_limit_max_q`

values near unity skip the outer envelope

```
Pgas_div_P_limit_max_q = 0.95d0
```

### peak_burn_vconv_div_cs_limit¶

limits ratio of convection velocity to sound speed at location of peak `eps_nuc`

```
peak_burn_vconv_div_cs_limit = 1d99
```

### omega_div_omega_crit_limit¶

stop if omega/omega_crit is > this anywhere in star ignore if < 0

```
omega_div_omega_crit_limit = -1
```

### delta_nu_lower_limit¶

stop when asteroseismology `delta_nu`

in micro Hz is < this. <= 0 means no limit.

```
delta_nu_lower_limit = 0
```

### delta_nu_upper_limit¶

stop when asteroseismology `delta_nu`

in micro Hz is > this. <= 0 means no limit.

```
delta_nu_upper_limit = 0
```

### shock_mass_upper_limit¶

stop when shock_mass is > this. <= 0 means no limit.

```
shock_mass_upper_limit = -1
```

### mach1_mass_upper_limit¶

stop when outer location of mach 1 is > this. <= 0 means no limit.

```
mach1_mass_upper_limit = -1
```

### delta_Pg_lower_limit¶

stop when `delta_Pg`

in micro Hz is < this. <= 0 means no limit.

```
delta_Pg_lower_limit = 0
```

### delta_Pg_upper_limit¶

stop when `delta_Pg`

in micro Hz is > this. <= 0 means no limit.

```
delta_Pg_upper_limit = 0
```

### stop_when_reach_this_cumulative_extra_heating¶

(ignore if <= 0)

```
stop_when_reach_this_cumulative_extra_heating = 0d0
```

## mixing parameters¶

### mixing_length_alpha¶

The mixing length is this parameter times a local pressure scale height.
To increase R vs. L, decrease `mixing_length_alpha`

.

```
mixing_length_alpha = 2
```

### remove_small_D_limit¶

If MLT diffusion coeff D (cm^2/sec) is less than this limit,
then set D to zero and change the point to `mixing_type == no_mixing`

.

```
remove_small_D_limit = 1d-6
```

### use_Ledoux_criterion¶

a location in the model is Schwarzschild stable when `gradr < grada`

it is Ledoux stable when `gradr < gradL`

, where `gradL = grada + composition_gradient`

note that these are the same when `composition_gradient = 0`

so you can force the use of the Schwarzschild criterion by passing 0 for
the `composition_gradient`

argument to the mlt routine.
that’s what happens if you set the control “`use_Ledoux_criterion`

” to false.

- overshooting and rotational mixing are dealt with separately
- and are added after the MLT classifications are made.

```
use_Ledoux_criterion = .false.
```

### num_cells_for_smooth_gradL_composition_term¶

Number of cells on either side to use in weighted smoothing of `gradL_composition_term`

.
`gradL_composition_term`

is set to the “raw” unsmoothed `brunt_B`

and then optionally smoothed according `num_cells_for_smooth_gradL_composition_term`

.
In cases where the Ledoux criterion is used to evaluate the boundary for burning
convective cores, you may need to set `num_cells_for_smooth_gradL_composition_term = 0`

to avoid smoothing the stabilizing composition jump into the convection zone and
unphysically causing it to shrink. See section 3.2 in Moore, K., & Garaud, P. 2016, APJ, 817, 54

```
num_cells_for_smooth_gradL_composition_term = 3
```

### threshold_for_smooth_gradL_composition_term¶

Threshold for weighted smoothing of `gradL_composition_term`

. Only apply smoothing (controlled
by `num_cells_for_smooth_gradL_composition_term`

) for contiguous regions where \(|\nabla_L|\) exceeds
this threshold. Might be useful for preventing narrow composition jumps from being excessively
broadened by smoothing

```
threshold_for_smooth_gradL_composition_term = 0
```

### alpha_semiconvection¶

Determines efficiency of semiconvective mixing.
Semiconvection only applies if `use_Ledoux_criterion`

is true.

```
alpha_semiconvection = 0
```

### semiconvection_option¶

`'Langer_85 mixing; gradT = gradr'`

: uses Langer scheme for mixing but sets gradT = gradr`'Langer_85'`

: this calculates special gradT as well as doing mixing.

```
semiconvection_option = 'Langer_85 mixing; gradT = gradr'
```

### thermohaline_coeff¶

Determines efficiency of thermohaline mixing.
was previously named `thermo_haline_coeff`

.
thermohaline mixing only applies if `use_Ledoux_criterion`

is true.

```
thermohaline_coeff = 0
```

### thermohaline_option¶

determines which method to use for calculating thermohaline diffusion coef:

`'Kippenhahn'`

: use method of Kippenhahn, R., Ruschenplatt, G., & Thomas, H.-C. 1980, A&A, 91, 175.`'Traxler_Garaud_Stellmach_11'`

: use method of Traxler, Garaud, & Stellmach, ApJ Letters, 728:L29 (2011).`'Brown_Garaud_Stellmach_13'`

: use method of Brown, Garaud, & Stellmach, ApJ 768:34 (2013) Recommends`thermohaline_coeff = 1`

, but it can nevertheless be changed.

```
thermohaline_option = 'Kippenhahn'
```

### alt_scale_height_flag¶

If false, then stick to the usual definition – P/(g*rho). If true, use min of the usual and sound speed * hydro time scale, sqrt(P/G)/rho.

```
alt_scale_height_flag = .true.
```

### mlt_use_rotation_correction¶

When doing rotation, multiply `grad_rad`

by `ft_rot/ft_rot`

if this flag is true.

```
mlt_use_rotation_correction = .true.
```

### mlt_Pturb_factor¶

include MLT turbulent pressure at face k = mlt_Pturb_factor*0.5*(rho(k) + rho(k-1))*mlt_vc(k)**2/3 MLT turbulent pressure for cell k = avg of values at faces.

this replaces conv_dP_term_factor. also see extra_pressure vector and other_pressure routine

```
mlt_Pturb_factor = 0d0
```

### MLT_option¶

Options are:

- ‘none’ : just give radiative values with no mixing.
- ‘TDC’ : Time-dependent convection based on the Khufuss 1986 model. Reduces to Cox at long times.
- ‘Cox’ : MLT as developed in Cox & Giuli 1968, Chapter 14.
- ‘ML1’ : Bohm-Vitense 1958
- ‘ML2’ : Bohm and Cassinelli 1971
- ‘Mihalas’ : Mihalas 1978, Kurucz 1979
- ‘Henyey’ : Henyey, Vardya, and Bodenheimer 1965

The ‘Cox’ and ‘TDC’ options assumes optically thick material. The other options are various ways of extending to include optically thin material.

```
MLT_option = 'Cox'
```

### TDC options¶

`alpha_TDC_DAMP`

: The turbulent viscous damping parameter which determines the saturation of TDC. Increasing this decreases convection speeds.`alpha_TDC_DAMPR`

: The radiative damping parameter which determines the saturation of TDC. Increasing this decreases convection speeds.`alpha_TDC_PtdVdt`

: The prefactor on the term accounting for work done against turbulent pressure (P_turb * dV/dt). Physically this should be unity.`steps_before_use_TDC`

: TDC often struggles with models on the pre-main-sequence. Set this option to pick MLT_option=’Cox’ for the first several steps to get past the pre-MS. Note that if this option is positive then only either TDC or Cox will be used (depending on model number). THIS OVERRIDES MLT_option!

```
alpha_TDC_DAMP = 1d0
alpha_TDC_DAMPR = 0d0
alpha_TDC_PtdVdt = 0d0
steps_before_use_TDC = 0
```

### Henyey_MLT_y_param¶

### Henyey_MLT_nu_param¶

Values of the f1..f4 coefficients are taken from Table 1 of Ludwig et al. 1999, A&A, 346, 111
with the following exception: their value of f3 for Henyey convection is `f4/8`

when it should be
`8*f4`

, i.e., `f3=32*pi**2/3`

and `f4=4*pi**2/3`

. f3 and f4 are related to the henyey y parameter, so
for the ‘Henyey’ case they are set based on the value of `Henyey_y_param`

.

```
Henyey_MLT_y_param = 0.33333333d0
Henyey_MLT_nu_param = 8
```

### make_gradr_sticky_in_solver_iters¶

### min_logT_for_make_gradr_sticky_in_solver_iters¶

if true, then location that becomes radiative during solver iterations, stays radiative for rest of the solver iterations. to avoid flip-flopping between radiative and convective. also do this if max logT >= min_logT_for_make_gradr_sticky_in_solver_iters

```
make_gradr_sticky_in_solver_iters = .false.
min_logT_for_make_gradr_sticky_in_solver_iters = 1d99
```

### no_MLT_below_shock¶

if true, then no MLT below an outward going shock (just radiative).

```
no_MLT_below_shock = .false.
```

### mlt_make_surface_no_mixing¶

```
mlt_make_surface_no_mixing = .false.
```

### T_mix_limit¶

If there is any convection in surface zones with `T < T_mix_limit`

,
then extend the innermost such convective region outward all the way to the surface.
For example,

`T_mix_limit <= 0`

means omit this operation.`T_mix_limit = 1d5`

will effectively make the star convective down to the He++ region.

units in Kelvin

```
T_mix_limit = 0
```

### mlt_gradT_fraction¶

let f := `mlt_gradT_fraction`

if f is >= 0 and <= 1, then
gradT from mlt is replaced by `f*grada_at_face(k) + (1-f)*gradr(k)`

see also the vector control `adjust_mlt_gradT_fraction`

for fine grain control

```
mlt_gradT_fraction = -1
```

### okay_to_reduce_gradT_excess¶

`gradT_excess`

= `gradT_sub_grada`

= superadiabaticity.

Inefficient convection => large gradT excess and steep T gradient to enhance radiative transport.
Reduce gradT excess by making gradT closer to adiabatic gradient.
If true, code is allowed to adjust gradT to boost efficiency of energy transport
See `gradT_excess_f1`

, `gradT_excess_f2`

, and `gradT_excess_age_fraction`

below.

This is the treatment of convection, referred to as MLT++ in Section 7.2 of Paxton et al. (2013), that reduces the superadiabaticity in some radiation-dominated convective regions.

```
okay_to_reduce_gradT_excess = .false.
```

### gradT_excess_f1¶

### gradT_excess_f2¶

These are for calculation of efficiency boosted gradT.

```
gradT_excess_f1 = 1d-4
gradT_excess_f2 = 1d-3
```

### gradT_excess_age_fraction¶

These are for calculation of efficiency boosted gradT. Fraction of old to mix with new to get next.

```
gradT_excess_age_fraction = 0.9d0
```

### gradT_excess_max_change¶

These are for calculation of efficiency boosted gradT.
Maximum change allowed in one timestep for `gradT_excess_alpha`

.
Ignored if negative.

```
gradT_excess_max_change = -1d0
```

### gradT_excess_lambda1¶

### gradT_excess_beta1¶

In some situations you might want to force alfa = 1.
You can do that by setting `gradT_excess_lambda1 < 0`

.
The following are for the normal calculation of `gradT_excess_alfa`

```
gradT_excess_lambda1 = 1.0d0
gradT_excess_beta1 = 0.35d0
```

### gradT_excess_lambda2¶

### gradT_excess_beta2¶

The following are for the normal calculation of `gradT_excess_alfa`

.

```
gradT_excess_lambda2 = 0.5d0
gradT_excess_beta2 = 0.25d0
```

### gradT_excess_dlambda¶

### gradT_excess_dbeta¶

The following are for the normal calculation of `gradT_excess_alfa`

.

```
gradT_excess_dlambda = 0.1d0
gradT_excess_dbeta = 0.1d0
```

### gradT_excess_min_log_tau_full_on¶

### gradT_excess_max_log_tau_full_off¶

No local boost if local `log_tau < gradT_excess_max_log_tau_full_off`

.
Reduced local boost if local `log_tau < gradT_excess_min_log_tau_full_on`

.

```
gradT_excess_min_log_tau_full_on = -99
gradT_excess_max_log_tau_full_off = -99
```

### max_logT_for_mlt

No mlt at cell if local logT > this limit.

max_logT_for_mlt = 99

#### overshooting¶

There are two schemes implemented in MESA to treat overshooting: a step overshoot scheme and an exponential scheme.

Parameters for exponential diffusive overshoot are described in the paper by Falk Herwig, “The evolution of AGB stars with convective overshoot”, A&A, 360, 952-968 (2000).

Overshooting depends on the classification of the convective zone and can be different at the top and the bottom of the zone.

The overshooting controls are based on convection-zone and convection-boundary matching criteria.
These criteria are `overshoot_zone_type`

, `overshoot_zone_loc`

and `overshoot_bdy_loc`

.
The overshooting parameter values corresponding to the first set of matching criteria will be used.
Therefore, narrower criteria should precede more general ones (i.e have lower array indices).

These are arrays of size `NUM_OVERSHOOT_PARAM_SETS`

which is defined in
`star_data/public/star_data_def.inc`

(currently 16)

```
overshoot_scheme(:) = '' ! ``exponential``, ``step``, ``other``
overshoot_zone_type(:) = '' ! ``burn_H``, ``burn_He``, ``burn_Z``, ``nonburn``, ``any``
overshoot_zone_loc(:) = '' ! ``core``, ``shell``, ``any``
overshoot_bdy_loc(:) = '' ! ``bottom``, ``top``, ``any``
```

Amount of overshooting from edge of convective zone
These are arrays of size `NUM_OVERSHOOT_PARAM_SETS`

which is defined in
`star_data/public/star_data_def.inc`

(currently 16)

```
overshoot_f(:) = 0d0
overshoot_f0(:) = 0d0
```

The switch from convective mixing to overshooting happens at a distance f0*Hp into the convection zone
from the estimated location where `grad_ad = grad_rad`

, where Hp is the pressure scale height at that location.
A value <= 0 for f0 is a mistake – you are required to set f0 as well as f.
take a look at the following from an email concerning this:
Overshooting works by taking the diffusion mixing coefficient at the edge
of the convection zone and extending it beyond the zone. But – and here’s the issue –
at the exact edge of the zone the mixing coefficient goes to 0. So we don’t want that.
Instead we want the value of the mixing coeff NEAR the edge, but not AT the edge.
The “f0” parameter determines the exact meaning of “near” for this. It tells the code
how far back into the zone to go in terms of scale height. The overshooting actually
begins at the location determined by f0 back into the convection zone rather than at
the edge where the diffusion coeff is ill-defined. So, for example, if you want
overshooting of 0.2 scale heights beyond the normal edge, you might want to back up
0.05 scale heights to get the diffusion coeff from near the edge and then go out
by 0.25 scale heights from there to reach 0.2 Hp beyond the old boundary. In the
inlist this would mean setting the “f0” to 0.05 and the “f” to 0.25.

For step overshoot: overshooting extends a distance overshoot_f*Hp0 from r0 with constant diffusion coefficient
D = overshoot_D0 + overshoot_Delta0*D_ob
where D_ob is the convective diffusivity at the bottom (top) of the step overshoot region for outward (inward) overshooting.
These are arrays of size `NUM_OVERSHOOT_PARAM_SETS`

which is defined in
`star_data/public/star_data_def.inc`

(currently 16)

```
overshoot_D0(:) = 0d0
overshoot_Delta0(:) = 1d0
```

You can specify a range of star masses over which overshooting
above H burning zones is gradually enabled.
Do specified overshooting above H burning zone if `star_mass`

>= this (Msun).
These are arrays of size `NUM_OVERSHOOT_PARAM_SETS`

which is defined in
`star_data/public/star_data_def.inc`

(currently 16)

```
overshoot_mass_full_on(:) = 0d0
```

You can specify a range of star masses over which overshooting
above H burning zones is gradually enabled.
No overshooting above H burning zone if `star_mass`

<= this (Msun).
These are arrays of size `NUM_OVERSHOOT_PARAM_SETS`

which is defined in
`star_data/public/star_data_def.inc`

(currently 16)

```
overshoot_mass_full_off(:) = 0d0
```

### overshoot_D_min¶

Overshooting shuts off when the exponential decay has dropped the diffusion coefficient to this level.

```
overshoot_D_min = 1d2
```

### overshoot_brunt_B_max¶

Terminate overshoot region when encounter stabilizing composition gradient
where (unsmoothed) `brunt_B`

is greater than this limit. (<= 0 means ignore this limit)
note: both `brunt_B`

and `gradL_composition_term`

come from `unsmoothed_brunt_B`

and differ only in optional smoothing.
(see `num_cells_for_smooth_brunt_B`

and `num_cells_for_smooth_gradL_composition_term`

).

```
overshoot_brunt_B_max = 0d0
```

### min_overshoot_q¶

Overshooting is only allowed at locations with mass `m >= min_overshoot_q * mstar`

.
E.g., if `min_overshoot_q = 0.1`

, then only the outer 90% by mass can have overshooting.
This provides a simple way of suppressing bogus center overshooting in which a small
convective region at the core can produce excessively large overshooting because of
a large pressure scale height at the center.

```
min_overshoot_q = 0d0
```

NOTE: In addition to giving these ‘f’ parameters non-zero values, you should also
check the settings for `mass_for_overshoot_full_on`

and `mass_for_overshoot_full_off`

.

### overshoot_alpha¶

The value of Hp for overshooting is limited to the radial thickness
of the convection zone divided by `overshoot_alpha`

.
only used when > 0. if <= 0, then use `mixing_length_alpha`

instead.

```
overshoot_alpha = -1
```

### limit_overshoot_Hp_using_size_of_convection_zone¶

if false, allow large distance of overshoot for small convective zones.

```
limit_overshoot_Hp_using_size_of_convection_zone = .true.
```

### burn_z_mix_region_logT¶

### burn_he_mix_region_logT¶

### burn_h_mix_region_logT¶

max logT in convective region determines burn type for overshooting

```
burn_z_mix_region_logT = 8.7d0
burn_he_mix_region_logT = 7.7d0
burn_h_mix_region_logT = 6.7d0
```

### max_Y_for_burn_z_mix_region¶

### max_X_for_burn_he_mix_region¶

Even if a region reaches the above temperature to be considered as a z_burn region, only set it as such if the helium mass fraction in all points of the region is below max_Y_for_burn_z_mix_region. Similarly, max_X_for_burn_he_mix_region controls if a region is considered as a he_burn region in terms of the hydrogen mass fraction.

```
max_Y_for_burn_z_mix_region = 1d-4
max_X_for_burn_he_mix_region = 1d-4
```

#### Predictive mixing¶

Predictive mixing is an approach for expanding convective boundaries until gradr = grada on the convective side of the boundary (as required by the criterion that the convective velocity and luminosity vanish at the boundary). It is discussed in detail in Paxton et al. 2018, ApJ, in press: “Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics (MESA): Convective boundaries, element diffusion, and massive star explosions”

Predictive mixing is controlled by specifying a set of parameters, which combines matching
criteria (determining which boundaries to apply the predictive mixing to) together with
values (determining how the predictive mixing should operate at those boundaries). Up to
`NUM_PREDICTIVE_PARAM_SETS`

of these parameter sets can be defined (see `star_def.inc`

for value).

### predictive_zone_type¶

Matching criterion for the type of the convection zone. Possible values are `burn_H`

(hydrogen burning), `burn_He`

(helium burning), `burn_Z`

(metal burning), `nonburn`

(no burning) or `any`

(which matches any type of zone).

```
predictive_zone_type(1) = ''
```

### predictive_zone_loc¶

Matching criterion for the location of the convection zone. Possible values are `core`

(the core convection zone), `shell`

(a convective shell), `surf`

(the surface convection
zone) or `any`

(which matches any location).

```
predictive_zone_loc(1) = ''
```

### predictive_bdy_loc¶

Matching criterion for the location of the convective boundary. Possible values are
`top`

(the top of the convection zone), `bottom`

(the bottom of the convection zone)
or `any`

(which matches any location).

```
predictive_bdy_loc(1) = ''
```

### predictive_bdy_q_min¶

Matching criterion for the minimum fractional mass coordinate of the convective boundary

```
predictive_bdy_q_min(1) = 0d0
```

### predictive_bdy_q_max¶

Matching criterion for the maximum fractional mass coordinate of the convective boundary

```
predictive_bdy_q_max(1) = 1d0
```

### predictive_superad_thresh¶

Threshold for minimum superadiabaticity in the predictive mixing scheme; boundary expansion stops when gradr/grada-1 drops below this threshold. Default value is usually good for main-sequence evolution; for core He-burning, set to 0.005, 0.01 or larger to prevent splitting of the core convection zone and/or core breathing pulses.

```
predictive_superad_thresh(1) = 0d0
```

### predictive_avoid_reversal¶

Species to monitor for reversals in abundance evolution. If this is set to the name of a species, then the predictive mixing scheme will try to avoid causing reversals in the abundance of that species (e.g., changing the abundance evolution from decreasing to increasing). Set to ‘he4’ during core He-burning to prevent splitting of the core convection zone and/or core breathing pulses.

```
predictive_avoid_reversal(1) = ''
```

### predictive_limit_ingestion¶

### predictive_ingestion_factor¶

Limit the rate of ingestion of a species, following the prescription given in
equation (2) of Constantino, Campbell & Lattanzio (2017, MNRAS, 472, 4900). The control
`predictive_limit_ingestion`

specifies which species to limit, and the control
`predictive_ingestion_factor`

gives the multiplying factor. Setting this factor to 5/12
is the same as choosing alpha_i = 1 in their equation (2).

```
predictive_limit_ingestion(1) = ''
predictive_ingestion_factor(1) = 0d0
```

#### Convective premixing¶

Convective premixing is a approach to handling mixing in convection zones that improves upon the predictive mixing scheme described above. Like predictive mixing, it expands convective boundaries until gradr = grada on the convective side of the boundary. Unlike predictive mixing, it directly modifies abundances in the stellar model, via a iterative series of mixings-to-homogeneity over a shifting window of cells. This iterative approach allows convective premixing to build ‘classical’ semiconvection regions, where the abundance gradient is tuned to yield convective neutrality.

NOTE: the history columns that give info on the convective and semi convective boundaries
(i.e., `mass_conv_core`

and `mass_semiconv_core`

) do not work with CPM.
Instead, one should look at the profiles to see where the boundaries are.

### do_conv_premix¶

Set to .true. to perform convective premixing. Note that this cannot be enabled at the
same time as the `predictive_mix`

control

```
do_conv_premix = .false.
```

### do_premix_heating¶

if true, calculate heating term associated with changes in internal energy due to any abundance changes from convective premixing, and include this term in the energy equation.

```
do_premix_heating = .true.
```

### conv_premix_avoid_increase¶

Attempt to avoid increases in the abundance of species being burned. Sometimes, the
convective premixing scheme can cause the abundance of a species being burned (e.g.,
helium during core helium burning) to increase across a timestep. This typically arises
when the scheme mixes a fresh supply of the species into the convection zone where the
burning is occurring. Setting the `conv_premix_avoid_increase`

control to .true. will
tell the scheme to avoid such outcomes, if possible. In the case of core helium burning,
this helps to reduces the incidences of core breathing pulses (although in some situations
it doesn’t completely eliminate them).

```
conv_premix_avoid_increase = .false.
```

### conv_premix_time_factor¶

Scaling factor for deciding whether a convective boundary has enough time to advance during a timestep. Simple physical arguments suggest that a convective boundary requires a time delta_t ~ delta_r/v_conv to advance a distance delta_r. The convective premixing algorithm keeps a tally of how much time a boundary has spent advancing, and it prevents further advancing if this time would exceed conv_premix_time_factor*dt, where dt is the current timestep. Setting conv_premix_time_factor to a value <= 0 disables this check. STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT, AND DISABLED BY DEFAULT

```
conv_premix_time_factor = 0.0
```

### conv_premix_fix_pgas¶

Flag to decide whether gas pressure is kept constant during premixing (.true.), or instead density is kept constant (.false.). In both cases, temperature is kept constant.

```
conv_premix_fix_pgas = .true.
```

### conv_premix_dump_snapshots¶

Flag to write out snapshots of the intermediate stages during the convective premixing iterations.
Refer to the `dump_snapshot_`

routine in star/private/conv_premix.f90 to see what’s written out. Note
that this can quickly fill up your disk!

```
conv_premix_dump_snapshots = .false.
```

#### Rayleigh Taylor Instability¶

derived from Paul Duffell’s code RT1D.

### RTI_smooth_mass¶

### RTI_smooth_iterations¶

### RTI_smooth_fraction¶

smoothing for `dPdr_dRhodr_info`

done at start of step

```
RTI_smooth_mass = 0d0
RTI_smooth_iterations = 0
RTI_smooth_fraction = 1d0
```

### alpha_RTI_diffusion_factor¶

### dudt_RTI_diffusion_factor¶

### dedt_RTI_diffusion_factor¶

### dlnddt_RTI_diffusion_factor¶

### composition_RTI_diffusion_factor¶

### max_M_RTI_factors_full_on¶

### min_M_RTI_factors_full_off¶

```
alpha_RTI_diffusion_factor = 1d0
dudt_RTI_diffusion_factor = 1d0
dedt_RTI_diffusion_factor = 1d0
dlnddt_RTI_diffusion_factor = 1d0
composition_RTI_diffusion_factor = 1d0
max_M_RTI_factors_full_on = 1d99
min_M_RTI_factors_full_off = 1d99
```

### alpha_RTI_src_max_q¶

### alpha_RTI_src_min_q¶

option to set `alpha_RTI`

source term to zero when cell q out of bounds.
to turn off RTI near surface or center

```
alpha_RTI_src_max_q = 1d0
alpha_RTI_src_min_q = 0d0
```

### alpha_RTI_src_min_v_div_cs¶

option to set alpha_RTI source term to zero when v/cs < this min. e.g. to filter out false sources ahead of shock

```
alpha_RTI_src_min_v_div_cs = 1d0
```

### Radial Stellar Pulsations (RSP)¶

inspired by Radec Smolec’s Program

must set mass, Teff, L, X, and Z.

```
RSP_mass = -1
RSP_Teff = -1
RSP_L = -1
RSP_X = -1
RSP_Z = -1
```

Parameters of the convection model.
Note that `RSP_alfap`

, `RSP_alfas`

, `RSP_alfac`

, `RSP_alfad`

and `RSP_gammar`

are expressed in the units of standard values.
Standard values are the ones for which static version of the Kuhfuss
model reduces to standard MLT. See Table 1 in Smolec & Moskalik (2008)
for standard values and the description of the parameters.

```
RSP_alfa = 1.5d0 ! mixing length; alfa = 0 gives a purely radiative model.
RSP_alfac = 1.0d0 ! convective flux; Lc ~ RSP_alfac
RSP_alfas = 1.0d0 ! turbulent source; Lc ~ 1/ALFAS; PII ~ RSP_alfas
RSP_alfad = 1.0d0 ! turbulent dissipation; damp ~ RSP_alfad
RSP_alfap = 0.0d0 ! turbulent pressure; Pt ~ alfap
RSP_alfat = 0.0d0 ! turbulent flux; Lt ~ RSP_alfat; overshooting.
RSP_alfam = 0.25d0 ! eddy viscosity; Chi & Eq ~ RSP_alfam
RSP_gammar = 0.0d0 ! radiative losses; dampR ~ RSP_gammar
```

time weighting for end-of-step vs start-of-step values in equations. 1 corresponds to fully implicit scheme - stable, but can have large numerical damping. 0.5 corresponds to trapezoidal rule integration - gives least numerical damping. do not use values less than 0.5. strongly recommend 0.5 for theta and thetat. don’t mess with any of these unless you know what you are doing or like to watch the code crash.

```
RSP_theta = 0.5d0 ! Pgas and Prad
RSP_thetat = 0.5d0 ! Pturb
RSP_thetae = 0.5d0 ! erad in terms using f_Edd
RSP_thetaq = 1.0d0 ! Pvsc
RSP_thetau = 1.0d0 ! Eq and Uq
RSP_wtr = 0.6667d0 ! Lr
RSP_wtc = 0.6667d0 ! Lc
RSP_wtt = 0.6667d0 ! Lt
RSP_gam = 1.0d0 ! Et src_snk
```

controls for building the initial model

```
RSP_nz = 150
RSP_nz_outer = 40
RSP_T_anchor = 11d3
RSP_T_inner = 2d6
RSP_testing = .false.
```

```
RSP_dq_1_factor = 2d0
RSP_max_outer_dm_tries = 100
RSP_max_inner_scale_tries = 100
RSP_T_anchor_tolerance = 1d-8
```

allowed relative difference between T at base of outer region and T_anchor if fail trying to create initial model, try increasing this to 1d-6 or more

```
RSP_T_inner_tolerance = 1d-8
```

allowed relative difference between T at inner boundary and T_inner if fail trying to create initial model, try increasing this to 1d-6 or more

```
RSP_relax_initial_model = .true.
RSP_relax_alfap_before_alfat = .true.
RSP_relax_max_tries = 1000
RSP_relax_dm_tolerance = 1d-6
```

Initial kick makes use of the scaled linear velocity eigenvector of a given mode or of the linear combination of the eigenvectors for the fundamental mode and first two radial overtones. The surface velocity is set to RSP_kick_vsurf_km_per_sec and the mode content is set by RSP_fraction_1st_overtone and RSP_fraction_2nd_overtone

```
RSP_kick_vsurf_km_per_sec = 0.1d0
RSP_fraction_1st_overtone = 0d0
RSP_fraction_2nd_overtone = 0d0
```

fraction from fundamental = 1d0 - (1st + 2nd) Note: This is important for models in which two or more modes are linearly unstable. Appropriate setting may help to arrive at the desired mode, since the final pulsation state may depend on initial conditions set by the three parameters above. Integration of the same model with different initial kicks is a way to study the nonlinear mode selection - for an example see Fig. 1 in Smolec & Moskalik (2010).

random initial velocity profile. added to any kick from eigenvector.

```
RSP_Avel = 0d0
RSP_Arnd = 0d0
```

period controls

```
RSP_target_steps_per_cycle = 600
RSP_min_max_R_for_periods = -1
RSP_min_deltaR_for_periods = -1
RSP_min_PERIOD_div_PERIODLIN = 0.5d0
RSP_mode_for_setting_PERIODLIN = 1
RSP_default_PERIODLIN = 34560
```

when to stop

```
RSP_max_num_periods = -1
RSP_GREKM_avg_abs_frac_new = 0.1d0
RSP_GREKM_avg_abs_limit = -1
```

timestep limiting

```
RSP_initial_dt_factor = 1d-2
```

start with smaller timestep to give time for initial model to adjust

```
RSP_v_div_cs_threshold_for_dt_limit = 0.8d0
RSP_max_dt_times_min_dr_div_cs = 2d0
```

i.e., make dt <= this times min sound crossing time dr/cs only considering cells with abs(v)/cs > threshold

```
RSP_max_dt_times_min_rad_diff_time = -1d0
```

make dt <= min time for radiative diffusion for RHD

```
RSP_max_dt = -1
RSP_report_limit_dt = .false.
```

artificial viscosity controls for the equations see: Appendix C in Stellingwerf (1975). In principle, for not too-non-adiabatic convective models artificial viscosity is not needed or should be very small. Hence a large cut-off parameter below (in purely radiative models the default value for cut-off was 0.01)

```
RSP_cq = 4.0d0
RSP_zsh = 0.1d0
```

zsh > 0 delays onset of artificial viscosity can eliminate most/all interior dissipation while still providing for extreme cases. using this parameter the dependence of limiting amplitude on cq is very weak. for Tscharnuter & Winkler form of artificial viscosity

```
RSP_Qvisc_linear = 0d0
RSP_Qvisc_quadratic = 0d0
```

as described in section 4.2 of mesa3, 2015. RSP_Qvisc_linear is analogous to shock_spread_linear RSP_Qvisc_quadratic is analogous to shock_spread_quadratic if switch to this form, set RSP_cq = 0 to shut off the Neumann & Richtmyer form. note that this form also uses RSP_zsh to delay onset of artificial viscosity

surface pressure. provides outer boundary condition for momentum equation.

```
RSP_use_Prad_for_Psurf = .false.
RSP_use_atm_grey_with_kap_for_Psurf = .false.
RSP_tau_surf_for_atm_grey_with_kap = 3d-3
RSP_fixed_Psurf = .true.
RSP_Psurf = 0d0
set_RSP_Psurf_to_multiple_of_initial_P1 = -1
```

set RSP_Psurf to this times initial surface cell pressure

```
RSP_surface_tau = 0.001d0
```

solver controls

```
RSP_tol_max_corr = 1d-8
RSP_tol_max_resid = 1d-6
RSP_max_iters_per_try = 100
RSP_max_retries_per_step = 50
RSP_report_undercorrections = .false.
RSP_nz_div_IBOTOM = 30d0
RSP_min_tau_for_turbulent_flux = 2d2
```

output data for work integrals during a particular period

```
RSP_work_period = -1
RSP_work_filename = 'work.data'
```

output data for 3d map. format same as for gnuplot pm3d

```
RSP_write_map = .false.
RSP_map_columns_filename = 'map_columns.list'
```

items listed in your map columns must also appear in your profile columns

```
RSP_map_filename = 'map.data'
RSP_map_first_period = -1
RSP_map_last_period = -1
RSP_map_zone_interval = 2
RSP_map_history_filename = 'map_history.data'
```

rsp hooks

```
use_other_RSP_linear_analysis = .false.
use_other_RSP_build_model = .false.
```

for special tests can set ALFA = 0 for pure radiative with no turbulence or convection. can set zero_gravity = .true. can set opacity to be constant times density.

```
RSP_kap_density_factor = -1
```

else set opacity to this times density

rsp misc

```
RSP_efl0 = 1.0d2
RSP_nmodes = 3
RSP_trace_RSP_build_model = .false.
```

```
use_RSP_new_start_scheme = .false.
```

```
RSP_Qvisc_linear_static = 0d0
```

```
RSP_relax_adjust_inner_mass_distribution = .true.
```

```
RSP_do_check_omega = .false.
```

```
RSP_report_check_omega_changes = .false.
```

```
RSP_hydro_only = .false.
```

this does not work with the standard build model, so requires use_other_RSP_build_model

#### mixing misc¶

such as smoothing and editing of diffusion coefficients

### mix_factor¶

Mixing coefficients are multiplied by this factor.
The `mix_factor`

is applied in subroutine `get_convection_sigmas`

in `star/private/mix_info.f90`

–
the lagrangian diffusion coefficient sigma(k) at cell boundary k is set to
`mix_factor*D*(4*pi*r(k)^2*rho_face(k))^2`

.
Note that the value of D is not changed – it is just used as a term in calculating sigma.

```
mix_factor = 1
```

### max_conv_vel_div_csound¶

convective velocities are limited to local sound speed times this factor

```
max_conv_vel_div_csound = 1d99
```

### max_v_for_convection¶

disable convection for locations with v > than this limit. In km/s.

```
max_v_for_convection = 1d99
```

### max_q_for_convection_with_hydro_on¶

disable convection for locations with q > than this limit when either v_flag or u_flag are true.

```
max_q_for_convection_with_hydro_on = 1d99
```

### max_v_div_cs_for_convection¶

disable convection for locations with abs(v)/cs > this limit

```
max_v_div_cs_for_convection = 1d99
```

### max_abs_du_div_cs_for_convection¶

main purpose is to force radiative in shock face

```
max_abs_du_div_cs_for_convection = 0.03d0
```

### prune_bad_cz_min_Hp_height¶

Lower limit on radial extent of cz (<= 0 to disable).
In units of average pressure scale height at top and bottom of region.
Remove tiny convection zones unless have strong nuclear burning
This allows emergence of very small cz at site of he core flash, for example.
i.e., remove if `size < prune_bad_cz_min_Hp_height`

.and.
`max_log_eps < prune_bad_cz_min_log_eps_nuc`

.

```
prune_bad_cz_min_Hp_height = 0
```

### prune_bad_cz_min_log_eps_nuc¶

Lower limit on max log eps nuc in cz.
remove if `size < prune_bad_cz_min_Hp_height`

.and.
`max_log_eps < prune_bad_cz_min_log_eps_nuc`

.

```
prune_bad_cz_min_log_eps_nuc = -99
```

### redo_conv_for_dr_lt_mixing_length¶

Check for small convection zones with total height less than mixing length
and redo with reduced `mixing_length_alpha`

to make `mixing_length <= dr`

.

```
redo_conv_for_dr_lt_mixing_length = .false.
```

### smooth_convective_bdy has been deleted.¶

### remove_mixing_glitches¶

If true, then okay to remove gaps and singletons.

```
remove_mixing_glitches = .true.
```

#### glitches¶

The following controls are for different kinds of “glitches” that can be removed.

### okay_to_remove_mixing_singleton¶

If true, remove singletons.

```
okay_to_remove_mixing_singleton = .true.
```

### min_convective_gap¶

Close gap between convective regions if smaller than this (< 0 means skip this). Gap measured radially in units of pressure scale height.

```
min_convective_gap = -1
```

### min_thermohaline_gap¶

Close gap between thermohaline mixing regions if smaller than this (< 0 means skip this). Gap measured radially in units of pressure scale height.

```
min_thermohaline_gap = -1
```

### min_thermohaline_dropout¶

### max_dropout_gradL_sub_grada¶

If find radiative region embedded in thermohaline,
and `max(gradL - grada)`

in region is everywhere `< max_dropout_gradL_sub_grada`

and region height is `< min_thermohaline_dropout`

then convert the region to thermohaline.
`min_thermohaline_dropout <= 0`

disables.

```
min_thermohaline_dropout = -1
max_dropout_gradL_sub_grada = 1d-3
```

### min_semiconvection_gap¶

Close gap between semiconvective mixing regions if smaller than this (< 0 means skip this). Gap measured radially in units of pressure scale height.

```
min_semiconvection_gap = -1
```

### remove_embedded_semiconvection¶

If have a semiconvection region bounded on each side by convection, convert it to be convective too.

```
remove_embedded_semiconvection = .false.
```

### recalc_mix_info_after_evolve¶

Re-evaluate mixing info after each evolve step. This is helpful if you want the profiles to reflect the mixing params after the step; otherwise, they give the mixing info from the start of the step (i.e., one step out-of-date)

```
recalc_mix_info_after_evolve = .false.
```

### set_min_D_mix¶

### mass_lower_limit_for_min_D_mix¶

### mass_upper_limit_for_min_D_mix¶

### min_D_mix¶

`D_mix`

will be at least this large if `set_min_D_mix`

is true.
doesn’t apply for mass < lower limit or mass > upper limit.

```
set_min_D_mix = .false.
mass_lower_limit_for_min_D_mix = 0d0
mass_upper_limit_for_min_D_mix = 1d99
min_D_mix = 1d3
```

### set_min_D_mix_in_H_He¶

### min_D_mix_in_H_He¶

`D_mix`

will be at least this large in regions
where max mass fractions of H and He add to more that 0.5
if `set_min_D_mix_in_H_He`

is true.

```
set_min_D_mix_in_H_He = .false.
min_D_mix_in_H_He = 1d3
```

### set_min_D_mix_below_Tmax¶

### min_D_mix_below_Tmax¶

`D_mix`

will be at least this large for cells below location of max temperature
if `set_min_D_mix_below_Tmax`

is true.

```
set_min_D_mix_below_Tmax = .false.
min_D_mix_below_Tmax = 1d3
```

### min_center_Ye_for_min_D_mix¶

`min_D_mix`

is only used when `center_ye >= this`

i.e., when `center_ye`

drops below this, `min_D_mix = 0`

.

```
min_center_Ye_for_min_D_mix = 0.47d0
```

### smooth_outer_xa_big¶

### smooth_outer_xa_small¶

Soften composition jumps in outer layers.
If `smooth_outer_xa_big`

and `smooth_outer_xa_small`

are bigger than 0, then
starting from the outermost grid point, homogeneously mix a region of size
`smooth_outer_xa_small`

(in solar masses), and proceed inwards, linearly reducing
the size of the homogeneously mixed region in such a way that it becomes zero.
After going `smooth_outer_xa_big`

solar masses in. In this way, the outer `smooth_outer_xa_big`

solar masses are “cleaned” of composition jumps.

```
smooth_outer_xa_big = -1d0
smooth_outer_xa_small = -1d0
```

## rotation controls¶

In the following “am” stands for “angular momentum”.

the mesa implementation of rotation closely follows these papers:

- Heger, Langer, & Woosley, ApJ, 528, 368. 2000
- Heger, Woosley, & Spruit, ApJ, 626, 350. 2005
`D_DSI`

= dynamical shear instability`D_SH`

= Solberg-Hoiland`D_SSI`

= secular shear instability`D_ES`

= Eddington-Sweet circulation`D_GSF`

= Goldreich-Schubert-Fricke`D_ST`

= Spruit-Tayler dynamo

### skip_rotation_in_convection_zones¶

if true, then set rotational diffusion coefficients to 0 in convective regions. This applies both for material mixing and diffusion of angular momentum.

```
skip_rotation_in_convection_zones = .false.
```

### am_D_mix_factor¶

Rotation and mixing of material.
`D_mix`

= diffusion coefficient for mixing of material.
It is sum of non-rotational and rotational components.
The rotational part is multiplied by this factor.

```
D_mix = D_mix_non_rotation + f*am_D_mix_factor*(
D_DSI_factor * D_DSI +
D_SH_factor * D_SH +
D_SSI_factor * D_SSI +
D_ES_factor * D_ES +
D_GSF_factor * D_GSF +
D_ST_factor * D_ST)
```

```
f = 1 when logT <= D_mix_rotation_max_logT_full_on = full_on
= 0 when logT >= D_mix_rotation_min_logT_full_on = full_off
= (log(T)-full_on)/(full_off-full_on) else
```

note that for regions with brunt N^2 < 0, we set Richardson number to 1 which is > Ri_critical and therefore turns off DSI and SSI

according to Heger et al 2000 : 1/30d0 by default : 0

```
am_D_mix_factor = 0
```

### am_nu_factor¶

### am_nu_non_rotation_factor¶

diffusion of angular momentum

`am_nu`

= diffusion coefficient for angular momentum

```
am_nu_non_rot = am_nu_factor*am_nu_non_rotation_factor*D_mix_non_rotation
am_nu_rot = am_nu_factor*(
am_nu_visc_factor* D_visc +
am_nu_DSI_factor * D_DSI +
am_nu_SH_factor * D_SH +
am_nu_SSI_factor * D_SSI +
am_nu_ES_factor * D_ES +
am_nu_GSF_factor * D_GSF +
am_nu_ST_factor * nu_ST)
am_nu = am_nu_non_rot + am_nu_rot
```

Note that for regions with brunt N^2 < 0, we set Richardson number to 1 which is > Ri_critical and therefore turns off DSI and SSI.

see also `star_job`

controls for `am_nu_rot_flag`

```
am_nu_factor = 1
am_nu_non_rotation_factor = 1
```

### am_nu_visc_factor¶

< 0 means use `D_visc_factor`

.
By default = 1 to mix angular momentum.

```
am_nu_visc_factor = 1
```

### am_nu_omega_rot_factor¶

### am_nu_omega_non_rot_factor¶

dj/dt = d/dm((4 pi r^2 rho)^2*(am_nu_omega*i_rot*domega/dm + am_nu_j*dj/dm)) am_nu_omega = am_nu_omega_non_rot_factor*am_nu_non_rot + am_nu_omega_rot_factor*am_nu_rot

```
am_nu_omega_rot_factor = 1
am_nu_omega_non_rot_factor = 1
```

### am_nu_j_rot_factor¶

### am_nu_j_non_rot_factor¶

dj/dt = d/dm((4 pi r^2 rho)^2*(am_nu_omega*i_rot*domega/dm + am_nu_j*dj/dm)) am_nu_j = am_nu_j_non_rot_factor*am_nu_non_rot + am_nu_j_rot_factor*am_nu_rot

```
am_nu_j_rot_factor = 0
am_nu_j_non_rot_factor = 0
```

### set_uniform_am_nu_non_rot¶

### uniform_am_nu_non_rot¶

You can specify a uniform value for `am_nu_non_rot`

by setting this flag true.
A large uniform `am_nu`

will produce a uniform omega.

```
set_uniform_am_nu_non_rot = .false.
uniform_am_nu_non_rot = 1d20
```

### set_min_am_nu_non_rot¶

### min_am_nu_non_rot¶

You can also specify a minimum `am_nu_non_rot`

.
`am_nu`

will be at least this large.

```
set_min_am_nu_non_rot = .false.
min_am_nu_non_rot = 1d8
```

### min_center_Ye_for_min_am_nu_non_rot¶

`min_am_nu_non_rot`

is only used when center Ye >= this.

```
min_center_Ye_for_min_am_nu_non_rot = 0.47d0
```

Each rotationally induced diffusion coefficient has a factor that lets you control it. Value of 1 gives normal strength; value of 0 turns it off.

Note that for regions with brunt N^2 < 0, we set Richardson number to 1, which is > Ri_critical and therefore turns off DSI and SSI.

```
D_DSI_factor = 0
D_SH_factor = 0
D_SSI_factor = 0
D_ES_factor = 0
D_GSF_factor = 0
D_ST_factor = 0
```

### D_visc_factor¶

Kinematic shear viscosity. Should be = 0 because viscosity doesn’t mix chemical elements.

```
D_visc_factor = 0
```

### am_gradmu_factor¶

Sensitivity to composition gradients.
In calculation of rotational induced mixing, `grad_mu`

is multiplied by `am_gradmu_factor`

.
Value from from Heger et al 2000.

```
am_gradmu_factor = 0.05d0
```

Spatial smoothing is used in calculations of diffusion coefficients. These control the smoothing window widths (number of cells on each side).

```
smooth_D_DSI = 0
smooth_D_SH = 0
smooth_D_SSI = 0
smooth_D_ES = 0
smooth_D_GSF = 0
smooth_D_ST = 0
smooth_nu_ST = 0
smooth_D_omega = 0
smooth_am_nu_rot = 0
```

### ST_angsmt¶

### ST_angsml¶

Temporal smoothing of ST coefficients. See rotation_mix_info.f90 for details

```
ST_angsmt = 0.2d0
ST_angsml = 1d-3
```

### simple_i_rot_flag¶

If true, `i_rot = (2/3)*r^2`

.
If false, use slightly more complex expression
that takes into account finite shell thickness.
In practice, there doesn’t seem to be a significant difference.

```
simple_i_rot_flag = .false.
```

### do_adjust_J_lost¶

### adjust_J_fraction¶

adjust angular momentum With do_adjust_J_lost = .false., the angular momentum removed via winds from the star corresponds to that contained in the removed layers. However, since j_rot can increase steeply in the very outer layers, very small steps are required to obtain a convergent solution. To avoid this, the do_adjust_J_lost option adjusts the angular momentum content of layers below those removed, such that

```
actual_J_lost = &
adjust_J_fraction*mass_lost*s% j_rot_surf + &
(1d0 - adjust_J_fraction)*s% angular_momentum_removed
```

where s% angular_momentum_removed is the angular momentum contained in the removed layers of the star in that step. Note that s% angular_momentum_removed is set to actual_J_lost after this.

The region from which angular momentum is removed is chosen such that at its bottom q<min_q_for_adjust_J_lost, it contains at least min_J_div_delta_J times the angular momentum that needs to be accounted for. Angular momentum in these regions is adjusted in such a way that no artificial shear is produced at the inner boundary.

This can also be used to model mass loss mechanisms that remove more angular momentum than mass_lost*s% j_rot_surf, for instance magnetic braking or wind mass loss. In that case, you can use the use_other_j_for_adjust_J_lost option to specify a specific angular momentum of removed material different from j_rot_surf

In order to prevent the algorithm from digging to deep to adjust J, there is a timestep limit adjust_J_q_limit

```
do_adjust_J_lost = .true.
adjust_J_fraction = 1d0
min_q_for_adjust_J_lost = 0.995d0
min_J_div_delta_J = 3d0
```

### premix_omega¶

if premix_omega is true, then do 1/2 of the transport of angular momentum before updating the structure and 1/2 after. otherwise, do all of the transport after updating the structure. RECOMMENDED to turn it on when modelling an accreting star or when using do_adjust_J_lost.

```
premix_omega = .true.
```

### angular_momentum_error_warn¶

### angular_momentum_error_stop¶

if the relative change in total angular momentum exceeds these values, then a warning is given on the terminal output, or the simulation is stopped altogether. Not applied when using other_torque routines or for binaries.

```
angular_momentum_error_warn = 5d-6
angular_momentum_error_retry = 1d-6
```

### recalc_mixing_info_each_substep¶

if `recalc_mixing_info_each_substep`

is true, then recalculate the omega mixing coefficients after each substep of the solve omega mix process.

```
recalc_mixing_info_each_substep = .false.
```

### w_div_wcrit_max¶

When fitted_fp_ft_i_rot = .true., limit fp and ft to their values at this w_div_wcrit

```
w_div_wcrit_max = 0.90d0
```

### w_div_wcrit_max2¶

When w_div_wc_flag is true, rather than a hard limit on w_div_wcrit we use w_div_wcrit_max2<w_div_wcrit_max to provide a smooth transition. In the limit of j_rot->infinity, the resulting w_div_wc will match w_div_wcrit_max, while nothing is done when w_div_wcrit_max<w_div_wcrit_max2

```
w_div_wcrit_max2 = 0.89d0
```

### FP_min¶

### FT_min¶

Lower limits for rotational distortion corrections factors FP and FT. Used for the calculation when fitted_fp_ft_i_rot = .false., otherwise the limits are set using w_div_wcrit_max

```
FP_min = 0.75d0
FT_min = 0.95d0
```

### FP_error_limit¶

If calculate an fp < this, treat it as an error. Used for the calculation when fitted_fp_ft_i_rot = .false.

```
FP_error_limit = 0d0
```

### FT_error_limit¶

If calculate an ft < this, treat it as an error. Used for the calculation when fitted_fp_ft_i_rot = .false.

```
FT_error_limit = 0d0
```

### D_mix_rotation_max_logT_full_on¶

Use rotational components of `D_mix`

for locations where logT <= this.
For numerical stability, turn off rotational part of `D_mix`

at very high T.

```
D_mix_rotation_max_logT_full_on = 9.4d0
```

### D_mix_rotation_min_logT_full_off¶

Drop rotational components of `D_mix`

for locations where logT >= this.
For numerical stability, turn off rotational part of `D_mix`

at very high T.

```
D_mix_rotation_min_logT_full_off = 9.5d0
```

### D_omega_max_replacement_fraction¶

### D_omega_growth_rate¶

### D_omega_mixing_rate¶

### D_omega_mixing_across_convection_boundary (previously called D_omega_mixing_in_convection_regions)¶

```
D_omega_mixing_rate = 1d0
D_omega_mixing_across_convection_boundary = .false.
max_q_for_D_omega_zero_in_convection_region = 0.8d0
```

### nu_omega_max_replacement_fraction¶

### nu_omega_growth_rate¶

### nu_omega_mixing_rate¶

### nu_omega_mixing_across_convection_boundary¶

```
nu_omega_mixing_rate = 1d0
nu_omega_mixing_across_convection_boundary = .false.
max_q_for_nu_omega_zero_in_convection_region = 0.8d0
```

## atmosphere boundary conditions¶

### atm_option¶

Controls how the surface temperature Tsurf and pressure Psurf are evaluated when setting up outer boundary conditions

`'T_tau'`

: set Tsurf and Psurf by solving for the atmosphere structure given a T(tau) relation. The choice of relation is set by the`atm_T_tau_relation`

control. See also the`atm_T_tau_opacity`

,`atm_T_tau_errtol`

,`atm_T_tau_max_tries`

and`atm_T_tau_max_steps`

controls.`'table'`

: set Tsurf and Psurf by interpolating in pre-calculated tables based on model atmospheres. The choice of table is set by the`atm_table`

control. Requires tau_factor = 1, as surface of the model must always attach at the base of the tables, so there is no flexibility to move model surface inward or outward. Note that tau_base = tau_surf is the location at which the model attaches to the table BCs, and there is no particular location identified as the photosphere, so we fall back to the surface values of L, R, and m to calculate quantities such as Teff and log_g. This is consistent with the assumptions used for table construction: geometrically thin atmospheres with constant flux.`'irradiated_grey'`

: set Tsurf by solving for the atmosphere structure given the irradiated-grey T(tau) relation of Guillot, T, and Havel, M., A&A 527, A20 (2011). See also the`atm_irradiated_opacity`

,`atm_irradiated_errtol`

,`atm_irradiated_T_eq`

,`atm_irradiated_T_eq`

,`atm_irradiated_kap_v`

,`atm_irradiated_kap_v_div_kap_th`

,`atm_irradiated_P_surf`

and`atm_irradiated_max_tries`

controls.

```
atm_option = 'T_tau'
```

### atm_off_table_option¶

If have selected `'table'`

for `atm_option`

, fallback to using
this if the args are off the table. Possible choices are `'T_tau'`

or blank (in which case the code will halt when it encounters an off-table
arg)

```
atm_off_table_option = 'T_tau'
```

### Pextra_factor¶

Parameter for extra pressure in surface boundary conditions.
Pressure at optical depth tau is calculated as `P = tau*g/kap*(1 + Pextra)`

Pextra takes into account nonzero radiation pressure at tau=0.
The equation for Pextra includes `Pextra_factor`

```
Pextra = Pextra_factor*(kap/tau)*(L/M)/(6d0*pi*clight*cgrav)
```

For certain situations such super eddington L,
you may need to increase Pextra to help convergence.
e.g. try `Pextra_factor = 2`

Note that `Pextra_factor`

is only applied when `atm_option`

= `'T_tau'`

and `atm_T_tau_opacity`

= `'fixed'`

or ‘`iterated'`

.

```
Pextra_factor = 1
```

### atm_T_tau_relation¶

The T(tau) relation to use when `atm_option`

= `'T_tau'`

`'Eddington'`

: use the grey Eddington T(tau) relation.`'solar_Hopf'`

: use a grey T(tau) relation with an approximate Hopf function tuned to solar data. See Paper II, Sec. A.5. Equivalent to the fit given by Sonoi et al. (2019, A&A, 621, 84) to the Vernazza et al. (1981) VAL-C model.`'Krishna_Swamy'`

: use the grey T(tau) relation described by K.S. Krishna-Swamy, ApJ 145, 174–194 (1966).`'Trampedach_solar'`

: use the analytic fit by Ball (2021, RNAAS 5, 7) to the Hopf function for the solar simulation by Trampedach et al. (2014, MNRAS 442, 805–820)

```
atm_T_tau_relation = 'Eddington'
```

### atm_T_tau_opacity¶

Controls how opacities are calculated throughout the atmosphere when
`atm_option`

= `'T_tau'`

`'fixed'`

: use a uniform opacity, fixed to the opacity of the outermost cell of the interior model`'iterated'`

: use a uniform opacity, iterated to be consistent with the final Tsurf and Psurf at the base of the atmosphere.`'varying'`

: use a varying opacity consistent with the local T and P throughout the atmosphere. Involves numerical integration of the hydrostatic equilibrium equation.

```
atm_T_tau_opacity = 'fixed'
```

### atm_T_tau_errtol¶

Error tolerance for iterations and integrations when
`atm_option`

= `'T_tau' and ``atm_T_tau_opacity`

= `'iterated'`

or
`'varying'`

.

```
atm_T_tau_errtol = 1d-7
```

### atm_T_tau_max_iters¶

Maximum number of iterations for the opacity when
`atm_option`

= `'T_tau' and ``atm_T_tau_opacity`

= `'iterated'`

.

```
atm_T_tau_max_iters = 50
```

### atm_T_tau_max_steps¶

Maximum number of steps for integrating the hydrostatic equilibrium
equation when `atm_option`

= `'T_tau' and ``atm_T_tau_opacity`

= `'varying'`

.

```
atm_T_tau_max_steps = 500
```

### atm_table¶

Determines which table Tsurf and Psurf are interpolated in

`'tau_100'`

,`'tau_10'`

,`'tau_1'`

,`'tau_1m1'`

: use model atmosphere tables for Pgas and T at tau=100, 10, 1 or 0.1, respectively; solar Z only, as described in MESA Paper I (Paxton et al. 2011), Sec. 5.3. these tables are primarily for the evolution of low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and giant planets. They are constructed from Castelli & Kurucz (2003) for Teff > 3000 K and the COND model atmospheres (Allard et al. 2001) for Teff < 3000 K. where no published results are available, the table has been filled in using integration of the Eddington T(tau) relation`'photosphere'`

: use model atmosphere tables for photosphere; range of Z’s, as described in MESA Paper I (Paxton et al. 2011), Sec. 5.3. the tables cover log(Z/Zsun) from -4 to 0.5 for a GN93 solar mixture, and span logg = -0.5 to 5.5 in steps of 0.5 dex and Teff = 2000 to 50 000 K in steps of 250 K. they are constructed, in order of precedence, using the PHOENIX model atmospheres (Hauschildt et al. 1999a,b) and the models by Castelli & Kurucz (2003). where neither is available, an entry is generated by integrating the Eddington T(tau) relation`'WD_tau_25'`

: hydrogen atmosphere tables for cool white dwarfs giving Pgas and T at log10(tau) = 1.4 (tau = 25.11886) Teff goes from 40,000 K down to 2,000K with step of 100 K Log10(g) goes from 9.5 down to 5.5 with step of 0.1. R.D. Rohrmann, L.G. Althaus, and S.O. Kepler, Lyman α wing absorption in cool white dwarf stars, Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 411, 781–791 (2011)`'DB_WD_tau_25'`

: EXPERIMENTAL helium dominated (log(H/He)=-5.0) atmosphere tables for DB white dwarfs, provided by Odette Toloza and Detlev Koester. 5000K < Teff < 40000K

```
atm_table = 'tau_100'
```

### atm_irradiated_opacity¶

Controls how thermal opacities are calculated throughout the atmosphere when
`atm_option`

= `'irradiated_grey'`

`'fixed'`

: use a uniform opacity, fixed to the opacity of the outermost cell of the interior model.`'iterated'`

: use a uniform opacity, iterated to be consistent with the final Tsurf and Psurf at the base of the atmosphere.

```
atm_irradiated_opacity = 'fixed'
```

### atm_irradiated_errtol¶

Error tolerance for iterations when `atm_option`

= ```
'irradiated_grey'
and ``atm_irradiated_opacity
```

= `'iterated'`

.

```
atm_irradiated_errtol = 1d-7
```

### atm_irradiated_max_iters¶

Maximum number of iterations for the opacity when `atm_option`

=
`'irradiated_grey' and ``atm_irradiated_opacity`

= `'iterated'`

.

```
atm_irradiated_max_iters = 50
```

### atm_irradiated_T_eq¶

Equilibrium temperature based on irradiation.

```
irrad_flux = Lstar/(4*pi*orbit**2)
```

- Area of planet in plane perpendicular to
`irrad_flux = pi*Rplanet**2`

. - Stellar luminosity received by
`planet = irrad_flux*area`

. - This luminosity determines
`T_eq`

:`T_eq**4 = irrad_flux/(4*sigma)`

.

```
atm_irradiated_T_eq = 100
```

### atm_irradiated_kap_v_div_kap_th¶

### atm_irradiated_kap_v¶

The T(tau) relation when `atm_option`

= `'irradiated_grey'`

depends on the
ratio `kap_v/kap_th`

where `kap_v`

is the planet atmosphere opacity for stellar
irradiation, and `kap_th`

is the thermal opacity for the internally produced
radiation. There are two ways to calculate the ratio:

- if
`atm_irradiated_kap_v_div_kap_th`

> 0, then use it for`kap_v/kap_th`

- if
`atm_irradiated_kap_v_div_kap_th`

== 0, then use`atm_irradiated_kap_v`

to set`kap_v`

, and then evaluate the ratio using`kap_th`

```
atm_irradiated_kap_v_div_kap_th = 0
atm_irradiated_kap_v = 4d-3
```

### atm_irradiated_P_surf¶

Surface pressure when `atm_option`

= `'irradiated_grey'`

;
default is 1 bar in cgs units.

```
atm_irradiated_P_surf = 1d6
```

### use_compression_outer_BC¶

gradient of compression vanishes at surface

see Grott, Chernigovski, Glatzel, 2005. d_dm(d_dm(r^2*v)) = 0 at surface by continuity, this is d_dm(d_dt(1/rho)) = 0 at surface finite volume form is (1/rho(1) - 1/rho_start(1)) = (1/rho(2) - 1/rho_start(2)) this BC determines the density for surface cell.

```
use_compression_outer_BC = .false.
```

### use_momentum_outer_BC¶

use `P_surf`

from atm to set pressure gradient at surface in momentum equation
calculate v(1) based on pressure difference `P_surf - P(1)`

```
use_momentum_outer_BC = .false.
```

### use_fixed_vsurf_outer_BC¶

### fixed_vsurf¶

v at outer boundary of model is set to be fixed_vsurf

```
use_fixed_vsurf_outer_BC = .false.
fixed_vsurf = 0
```

### use_fixed_Psurf_outer_BC¶

### fixed_Psurf¶

P at outer boundary of model is set to be fixed_Psurf

```
use_fixed_Psurf_outer_BC = .false.
fixed_Psurf = 0
```

### Tsurf_factor¶

used when `use_momentum_outer_BC`

`T_surf`

is set to `Tsurf_factor*T_black_body(L_surf,R_surf)`

```
Tsurf_factor = 1
```

### irradiation_flux¶

### column_depth_for_irradiation¶

```
irradiation_flux = 0
column_depth_for_irradiation = -1
```

### atm_build_tau_outer¶

### atm_build_dlogtau¶

### atm_build_errtol¶

Parameters controlling atmosphere structure building. MESA can
evaluate the spatial structure of the atmosphere for the
following `atm_option`

choice:

`'T_tau'`

The atmosphere structure data are appended to the interior model
when `add_atmosphere_to_pulsation = .true.`

. They do not affect
the surface boundary conditions applied to the interior model.

`atm_build_tau_outer`

specifies the outermost optical depth to
include in the atmosphere; `atm_build_dlntau`

specifies the
spacing of atmosphere points in (base-10) logarithmic optical depth;
and `atm_build_errtol`

specifies the error tolerance for evaluating
the structure.

```
atm_build_tau_outer = 1d-3
atm_build_dlogtau = 0.01
atm_build_errtol = 1d-8
```

### use_T_tau_gradr_factor¶

If `.true.`

, modify the radiative gradient so that the
temperature profile of the optically thin layers follow the
T(τ) relation chosen by `atm_T_tau_relation`

.

```
use_T_tau_gradr_factor = .false.
```

## mass gain or loss¶

### mass_change¶

Rate of accretion (Msun/year). Negative for mass loss.
This only applies when the `wind_scheme = ''`

.

```
mass_change = 0d0
```

### mdot_omega_power¶

Enhanced mass loss due to rotation as in Heger, Langer, and Woosley, 2000, ApJ, 528:368-396.

Mdot = Mdot_no_rotation/(1 - Osurf/Osurf_crit)^mdot_omega_power

where

Osurf = angular velocity at surface Osurf_crit^2 = (1 - Gamma_edd)*G*M/R^3 Gamma_edd = kappa*L/(4 pi c G M), Eddington factor

Typical value for `mdot_omega_power = 0.43`

.

Set to 0 to disable this feature.

```
mdot_omega_power = 0.43d0
```

### max_mdot_jump_for_rotation¶

Don’t increase prev mdot by more that this.
NOTE: use `vcrit_max_years_for_timestep`

with this.

```
max_mdot_jump_for_rotation = 2
```

### lim_trace_rotational_mdot_boost¶

Output to terminal if boost > this.

```
lim_trace_rotational_mdot_boost = 1d99
```

### hot_wind_scheme¶

### hot_wind_Wolf_Rayet_scheme¶

### cool_wind_RGB_scheme¶

### cool_wind_AGB_scheme¶

This section replaces the old “`RGB_wind_scheme`

” and “`AGB_wind_scheme`

”
with temperature-dependent hot_wind and cool_wind. You can still
use the RGB and AGB wind scheme as before, the functionality remains.

Now you can also select a hot wind scheme that takes effect *above*
some temperature, set by `hot_wind_full_on_T`

.
Similarly, the cool wind scheme has temperature controls that
set the temperature *below* which they are relevant (`cool_wind_full_on_T`

).

As before, an empty string ‘’ means no wind.

The wind “eta” values, which are constant scaling factors, have all renamed *_wind_eta -> *_scaling_factor.

Here is an example of how to translate an existing inlist from the old style to the new:

Before After RGB_wind_scheme = ‘Reimers’ Reimers_wind_eta = 0.1 AGB_wind_scheme = ‘Blocker’ Blocker_wind_eta = 0.5 RGB_to_AGB_wind_switch = 1d-4 cool_wind_RGB_scheme = ‘Reimers’ Reimers_scaling_factor = 0.1 cool_wind_AGB_scheme = ‘Blocker’ Blocker_scaling_factor = 0.5 RGB_to_AGB_wind_switch = 1d-4

! only use the cool_wind_scheme cool_wind_full_on_T = 1d10 !K hot_wind_full_on_T = 1.1d10 !K hot_wind_scheme = ‘’

suggested hot and cool wind schemes follow but any valid wind option will work for either hot or cool.

Empty string means no wind

Suggested hot wind option:

- ‘Vink’

Suggested cool wind options:

- ‘Reimers’
- ‘Blöcker’
- ‘de Jager’
- ‘van Loon’
- ‘Nieuwenhuijzen’

For now the ‘Dutch’ scheme can be used in either capacity.

```
hot_wind_scheme = ''
cool_wind_RGB_scheme = ''
cool_wind_AGB_scheme = ''
```

### cool_wind_full_on_T¶

### hot_wind_full_on_T¶

NOTE: hot_wind_full_on_T was previously called ‘cool_wind_full_off_T’

use only cool wind schemes for T_phot < `cool_wind_full_on_T`

use only hot wind schemes for T_phot > `hot_wind_full_on_T`

if `cool_wind_full_on_T`

/= `hot_wind_full_on_T`

then ramp between these limits
requires `hot_wind_full_on_T`

> `cool_wind_full_on_T`

```
cool_wind_full_on_T = 0.8d4
hot_wind_full_on_T = 1.2d4
```

### RGB_to_AGB_wind_switch¶

If center hydrogen abundance is < 0.01
and center helium abundance by mass is less than `RGB_to_AGB_wind_switch`

,
then system will use `AGB_wind_scheme`

rather than `RGB_wind_scheme`

.

```
RGB_to_AGB_wind_switch = 1d-4
```

The code will automatically choose between an RGB wind and an AGB wind. The following names for the different schemes are recognized:

- ‘Reimers’
- ‘Blocker’
- ‘de Jager’
- ‘van Loon’
- ‘Nieuwenhuijzen’
- ‘Vink’
- ‘Dutch’
- ‘other’ — for wind options implemented using other_wind hook

### Reimers_scaling_factor¶

Reimers mass loss for red giants.

D. Reimers “Problems in Stellar Atmospheres and Envelopes” Baschek, Kegel, Traving (eds), Springer, Berlin, 1975, p. 229.

Parameter for mass loss by Reimers wind prescription.
Reimers mdot is `eta*4d-13*L*R/M`

(Msun/year), with L, R, and M in solar units.
Typical value is 0.5.

```
Reimers_scaling_factor = 0
```

### Blocker_scaling_factor = 0¶

Blocker’s mass loss for AGB stars.

T. Blocker “Stellar evolution of low and intermediate-mass stars” A&A 297, 727-738 (1995).

Parameter for mass loss by Blocker’s wind prescription.
Blocker mdot is `eta*4.83d-9*M**-2.1*L**2.7*4d-13*L*R/M`

(Msun/year),
with L, R, and M in solar units.
Typical value is 0.1d0.

```
Blocker_scaling_factor = 0
```

### de_Jager_scaling_factor¶

de Jager mass loss for various applications. de Jager, C., Nieuwenhuijzen, H., & van der Hucht, K. A. 1988, A&AS, 72, 259. Parameter for mass loss by de Jager wind prescription.

```
de_Jager_scaling_factor = 0d0
```

### van_Loon_scaling_factor¶

see van Loon et al. 2005, A&A, 438, 273 “An empirical formula for the mass-loss rates of dust-enshrouded red supergiants and oxygen-rich Asymptotic Giant Branch stars”

```
van_Loon_scaling_factor = 0d0
```

### Nieuwenhuijzen_scaling_factor¶

See Nieuwenhuijzen, H.; de Jager, C. 1990, A&A, 231, 134.

```
Nieuwenhuijzen_scaling_factor = 0d0
```

### Vink_scaling_factor¶

Vink, J.S., de Koter, A., & Lamers, H.J.G.L.M., 2001, A&A, 369, 574. “Mass-loss predictions for O and B stars as a function of metallicity”

```
Vink_scaling_factor = 0d0
```

### Dutch_scaling_factor¶

The “Dutch” wind scheme for massive stars combines results from several papers, all with authors mostly from the Netherlands.

The particular combination we use is based on Glebbeek, E., et al, A&A 497, 255-264 (2009) [more Dutch authors!]

For Teff > 1e4 and surface H > 0.4 by mass, use Vink et al 2001 Vink, J.S., de Koter, A., & Lamers, H.J.G.L.M., 2001, A&A, 369, 574.

For Teff > 1e4 and surface H < 0.4 by mass, use Nugis & Lamers 2000 Nugis, T.,& Lamers, H.J.G.L.M., 2000, A&A, 360, 227 Some folks use 0.8 for non-rotating mdoels (Maeder & Meynet, 2001).

```
Dutch_scaling_factor = 0d0
```

### Dutch_wind_lowT_scheme¶

For Teff < 1e4

Use de Jager if `Dutch_wind_lowT_scheme = 'de Jager'`

de Jager, C., Nieuwenhuijzen, H., & van der Hucht, K. A. 1988, A&AS, 72, 259.

Use van Loon if `Dutch_wind_lowT_scheme = 'van Loon'`

van Loon et al. 2005, A&A, 438, 273.

Use Nieuwenhuijzen if `Dutch_wind_lowT_scheme = 'Nieuwenhuijzen'`

Nieuwenhuijzen, H.; de Jager, C. 1990, A&A, 231, 134

```
Dutch_wind_lowT_scheme = 'de Jager'
```

### Kudritzki_scaling_factor¶

Radiation driven winds of hot stars. See Kudritzki et al, Astron. Astrophys. 219, 205-218 (1989). this is now implemented using the other_wind hook. see other_physics_hooks test case.

### Grafener_scaling_factor¶

Grafener, G. & Hamann, W.-R. 2008, A&A 482, 945 contributed to mesa by Nilou Afsari this is now implemented using the other_wind hook. see other_physics_hooks test case.

### Stern51_scaling_factor¶

this is now implemented using the other_wind hook. see other_physics_hooks test case.

### use_accreted_material_j¶

Angular momentum of accreted material.

```
use_accreted_material_j = .false.
```

If false, then accreted material is given j so that it
is rotating at the same angular velocity as the surface.
If true, then accreted material is given j = `accreted_material_j`

.

```
accreted_material_j = 0
```

### no_wind_if_no_rotation¶

Use this to delay start of wind until after have started rotation.

```
no_wind_if_no_rotation = .false.
```

### min_wind¶

Min wind in Msun/year > 0; ignore this limit if it is <= 0. e.g., might have low level wind even when normal scheme doesn’t call for any.

```
min_wind = 0d0
```

### max_wind¶

Max wind in Msun/year > 0; ignore this limit if it is <= 0.

```
max_wind = 0d0
```

For critical rotation mass loss
Redo step as needed to find mdot that brings model to just below critical.
if `max_mdot_redo_cnt`

> 0, and `surf_omega_div_omega_crit`

> `surf_omega_div_omega_crit_limit`

,
then recompute the step while increasing mdot, until
`surf_omega_div_omega_crit`

< `surf_omega_div_omega_crit_limit`

. Once an upper limit for mdot is found,
the solution for mdot is further refined by bisection until it is computed to a tolerance of
`surf_omega_div_omega_crit_tol`

. During iterations, mdot is adjusted alternately by multiplication
by `mdot_revise_factor`

, and by adjusting it by `implicit_mdot_boost*mdot_initial`

, where
`mdot_initial`

is the value of mdot at the first iteration. This is done to deal with mass
accreting stars, where mdot might need to change sign for the star to remain below critical.
This is a direct replacement for `surf_w_div_w_crit_limit`

and `surf_w_div_w_crit_tol`

```
max_mdot_redo_cnt = 0
min_years_dt_for_redo_mdot = 0
surf_omega_div_omega_crit_limit = 0.99d0
surf_omega_div_omega_crit_tol = 0.05d0
mdot_revise_factor = 1.1d0
implicit_mdot_boost = 0.1d0
```

#### implicit wind computation.¶

### max_tries_for_implicit_wind¶

The implicit method will modify the mass transfer rate and redo the step until
it either finds a solution, or the number of tries hits `max_tries_for_implicit_wind`

.
If `max_tries_for_implicit_wind = 0`

, the wind computation is explicit,
meaning that the value of mdot is set using values at the start of the step.
This only applies when mdot < 0.

```
max_tries_for_implicit_wind = 0
```

### iwind_tolerance¶

Tolerance for which a solution is considered valid. A solution is valid if

```
abs(explicit_mdot - implicit_mdot) <
abs(implicit_mdot)*iwind_tolerance
```

where

```
explicit_mdot = mstar_dot at start of step
implicit_mdot = mstar_dot at end of step
```

```
iwind_tolerance = 1d-3
```

### iwind_lambda¶

If do not satisfy tolerance, redo with a different mdot as follows:

- mstar_dot = explicit_mdot + &
- iwind_lambda*(implicit_mdot - explicit_mdot)

```
iwind_lambda = 1d0
```

### super_eddington_scaling_factor¶

For super eddington wind we use Ledd averaged by mass to optical depth tau = `surf_avg_tau`

.

```
super_eddington_scaling_factor = 0
```

### super_eddington_wind_Ledd_factor¶

Parameter for mass loss driven by super Eddington luminosity. Divide L by this factor when computing super Eddington wind, e.g., if this is 2, then only get wind when L/2 > Ledd.

```
super_eddington_wind_Ledd_factor = 1
```

### wind_boost_full_off_L_div_Ledd¶

Boost off for L/Ledd <= this (set large to disable this).
This alternative form is used when `super_eddington_scaling_factor`

== 0.

```
wind_boost_full_off_L_div_Ledd = 1.5d0
```

### wind_boost_full_on_L_div_Ledd¶

Do max boost for L/Ledd >= this.
This alternative form is used when `super_eddington_scaling_factor`

== 0.

```
wind_boost_full_on_L_div_Ledd = 5
```

### super_eddington_wind_max_boost¶

Multiply wind mdot by up to this amount.
This alternative form is used when `super_eddington_scaling_factor`

== 0.

```
super_eddington_wind_max_boost = 1
```

### trace_super_eddington_wind_boost¶

Send super eddington wind information to terminal.

```
trace_super_eddington_wind_boost = .false.
```

### mass_change_full_on_dt¶

### mass_change_full_off_dt¶

These params provide the option to turn off mass change when have very small timesteps.
Between `mass_change_full_on_dt`

and `mass_change_full_off_dt`

mass change is gradually reduced.
Units in seconds.

```
mass_change_full_on_dt = 1d-99
mass_change_full_off_dt = 1d-99
```

### trace_dt_control_mass_change¶

```
trace_dt_control_mass_change = .false.
```

### max_star_mass_for_gain¶

Automatic stops for mass loss/gain in Msun units (negative means ignore this parameter). Turn off mass gain when star mass reaches this limit.

```
max_star_mass_for_gain = -1
```

### min_star_mass_for_loss¶

Automatic stops for mass loss/gain in Msun units (negative means ignore this parameter). Turn off mass loss when star mass reaches this limit.

```
min_star_mass_for_loss = -1
```

### max_T_center_for_any_mass_loss¶

No mass loss for T center > this.

```
max_T_center_for_any_mass_loss = 2d9
```

### max_T_center_for_full_mass_loss¶

No reduction in mass loss for T center <= this.
This must be <= `max_T_center_for_full_mass_loss`

.
Reduce mass loss rate to 0 as T center climbs from `max_for_full`

to `max_for_any`

.
The idea behind this is that during final stages of burning, there is so little time
left in the life of the star, that any mass loss to winds will be negligible,
but the inclusion of that insignificant mass loss can actually make
convergence more difficult, so you are better off without it.

```
max_T_center_for_full_mass_loss = 1d9
```

### wind_H_envelope_limit¶

Winds automatically shut off when star_mass - he_core_mass mass is less than this limit.
The value of `he_core_boundary_h1_fraction`

defines he_core_mass.
Mass in Msun units. Previously called `wind_envelope_limit`

.

```
wind_H_envelope_limit = -1
```

### wind_H_He_envelope_limit¶

Winds automatically shut off when star_mass - co_core_mass is less than this limit.
The value of `co_core_boundary_he4_fraction`

defines co_core_mass.
Mass in Msun units.

```
wind_H_He_envelope_limit = -1
```

### wind_He_layer_limit¶

Winds automatically shut off when he_core_mass - co_core_mass is less than this limit. Mass in Msun units.

```
wind_He_layer_limit = -1
```

### rlo_scaling_factor¶

Amplitude of mass loss. “rlo” wind scheme provides a simple radius-determined-wind with exponential increase.

```
rlo_scaling_factor = 0
```

### rlo_wind_base_mdot¶

Base rate of mass loss when R = roche lobe radius (Msun/year).

```
rlo_wind_base_mdot = 1d-3
```

### rlo_wind_scale_height¶

Determines exponential growth rate of mass loss (Rsun).

```
rlo_wind_scale_height = 1d-1
```

### roche_lobe_xfer_full_on¶

Full accretion when R/RL <= this.
Limit accretion when Roche lobe is nearing full (only with `rlo_scaling_factor`

> 0).

```
roche_lobe_xfer_full_on = 0.5d0
```

### roche_lobe_xfer_full_off¶

No accretion when R/RL >= this.

```
roche_lobe_xfer_full_off = 1.0d0
```

#### controls for adjust_mass¶

### max_logT_for_k_below_const_q¶

### max_q_for_k_below_const_q¶

### min_q_for_k_below_const_q¶

Move `k_below_const_q`

inward from surface until `q(k) <= max_q`

.
Then continue moving inward until reach `logT(k) >= max_logT`

or `q(k) <= min_q`

.

```
max_logT_for_k_below_const_q = 5
max_q_for_k_below_const_q = 1.0d0
min_q_for_k_below_const_q = 0.999d0
```

### max_logT_for_k_const_mass¶

### max_q_for_k_const_mass¶

### min_q_for_k_const_mass¶

Move `k_const_mass`

inward from `k_below_const_q+1`

until `q(k) <= max_q`

.
Then continue moving inward until reach `logT(k) >= max_logT`

or `q(k) <= min_q`

.

```
max_logT_for_k_const_mass = 6
max_q_for_k_const_mass = 1.0d0
min_q_for_k_const_mass = 0.995d0
```

## composition controls¶

### accrete_same_as_surface¶

If true, composition of accreted material is identical to the current surface composition.
If false, then the composition is determined by `accrete_given_mass_fractions`

.

The actual mass accretion rate can be set up using the `mass_change`

option.

```
accrete_same_as_surface = .true.
```

### accrete_given_mass_fractions¶

If true, use `accrete_given_mass_fractions`

, `num_accretion_species`

,
`accretion_species_id`

and `accretion_species_xa`

to determine composition
of accreted material – they must add to 1.0.

If false, then the composition is determined using `accretion_h1`

, `accretion_h2`

,
`accretion_he3`

, `accretion_he4`

and `accretion_zfracs`

.

The actual mass accretion rate can be set up using the `mass_change`

option.

Note that this control is ignored if `accrete_same_as_surface`

is true.

```
accrete_given_mass_fractions = .false.
```

### num_accretion_species¶

### accretion_species_id¶

### accretion_species_xa¶

If accrete_same_as_surface is false and accrete_given_mass_fractions is true,
then composition of accreted material is determined by these options.
The actual mass accretion rate can be set up using the `mass_change`

option.

`num_accretion_species`

can be up to `s% max_num_accretion_species`

, see
`star/public/star_def.inc`

for the value of this parameter.

For each of `num_accretion_species`

, the id for the isotope needs to be specified
by `accretion_species_id`

as defined in `chem/public/chem_def.f90`

.

Mass fractions for each isotope are defined by `accretion_species_xa`

```
num_accretion_species = 0
accretion_species_id(1) = ''
accretion_species_xa(1) = 0
```

### accretion_h1¶

### accretion_h2¶

### accretion_he3¶

### accretion_he4¶

If accrete_same_as_surface is false and accrete_given_mass_fractions is false,
then the mass fractions of h1, h2, he3 and h4 are determined by these options.
Mass fractions for metals are set with the `accretion_zfracs`

control.
The actual mass accretion rate can be set up using the `mass_change`

option.

If no h2 in current net, then it is automatically added to h1.

```
accretion_h1 = 0
accretion_h2 = 0
accretion_he3 = 0
accretion_he4 = 0
```

### accretion_zfracs =¶

One of the following identifiers for different Z fractions from `chem_def`

.

`AG89_zfracs = 1`

, Anders & Grevesse 1989`GN93_zfracs = 2`

, Grevesse & Noels 1993`GS98_zfracs = 3`

, Grevesse & Sauval 1998`L03_zfracs = 4`

, Lodders 2003`AGS05_zfracs = 5`

, Asplund, Grevesse & Sauval 2005

or set `accretion_zfracs = 0`

to use the following list of z fractions

```
accretion_zfracs = -1
```

### accretion_dump_missing_metals_into_heaviest¶

this controls the treatment metals that are not included in the current net. if this flag is true, then the mass fractions of missing metals are added to the mass fraction of the most massive metal included in the net. if this flag is false, then the mass fractions of the metals in the net are renormalized to make up for the total mass fraction of missing metals.

```
accretion_dump_missing_metals_into_heaviest = .true.
```

Special list of z fractions. If you use these, they must add to 1.0.

```
z_fraction_li = 0
z_fraction_be = 0
z_fraction_b = 0
z_fraction_c = 0
z_fraction_n = 0
z_fraction_o = 0
z_fraction_f = 0
z_fraction_ne = 0
z_fraction_na = 0
z_fraction_mg = 0
z_fraction_al = 0
z_fraction_si = 0
z_fraction_p = 0
z_fraction_s = 0
z_fraction_cl = 0
z_fraction_ar = 0
z_fraction_k = 0
z_fraction_ca = 0
z_fraction_sc = 0
z_fraction_ti = 0
z_fraction_v = 0
z_fraction_cr = 0
z_fraction_mn = 0
z_fraction_fe = 0
z_fraction_co = 0
z_fraction_ni = 0
z_fraction_cu = 0
z_fraction_zn = 0
```

### lgT_lo_for_set_new_abundances¶

### lgT_hi_for_set_new_abundances¶

Composition controls for `set_new_abundances`

.

```
lgT_lo_for_set_new_abundances = 5.2d0
lgT_hi_for_set_new_abundances = 5.5d0
```

## mesh adjustment¶

### remesh_max_allowed_logT¶

Turn off remesh if any cell has logT > this.

```
remesh_max_allowed_logT = 1d99
```

### mesh_max_allowed_ratio¶

Must be >= 2.5. Max ratio for mass of adjacent cells. If have ratio exceeding this, split the larger cell.

```
mesh_max_allowed_ratio = 2.5d0
```

### max_delta_x_for_merge¶

Don’t merge neighboring cells if any abundance differs by more than this.

```
max_delta_x_for_merge = 0.1d0
```

### mesh_delta_coeff¶

A larger value increases the max allowed deltas and decreases the number of grid points. and a smaller does the opposite.

analogous to time_delta_coeff for better time resolution.

E.g., you’ll roughly double the number of grid points if you cut `mesh_delta_coeff`

in half.
Don’t expect it to exactly double the number however since other parameters in addition to
gradients also influence the details of the grid spacing.

this factor also applies to max_dq, max_center_cell_dq, and max_surface_cell_dq.

```
mesh_delta_coeff = 1.0d0
```

### mesh_Pgas_div_P_exponent¶

Multiply `mesh_delta_coeff`

by (Pgas/Ptotal) to this power.

```
mesh_Pgas_div_P_exponent = 0
```

### mesh_delta_coeff_for_highT¶

Use different `mesh_delta_coeff`

at higher temperatures.

```
mesh_delta_coeff_for_highT = 3.0d0
```

### logT_max_for_standard_mesh_delta_coeff¶

Use `mesh_delta_coeff`

for center logT <= this. This value
should be less than `logT_min_for_highT_mesh_delta_coeff`

.

```
logT_max_for_standard_mesh_delta_coeff = 9.0d0
```

### logT_min_for_highT_mesh_delta_coeff¶

Use `mesh_delta_coeff_for_highT`

for center logT >= this.
Linearly interpolate in logT for intermediate center temperatures.

```
logT_min_for_highT_mesh_delta_coeff = 9.5d0
```

### min_dq¶

Min size for cell as fraction of total mass.

```
min_dq = 1d-14
```

Min size for cell to be split.

```
min_dq_for_split = 1d-14
```

### min_dq_for_xa¶

Min size for splitting because of composition gradient. only for non-convective regions if have set min_dq_for_xa_convective > 0.

```
min_dq_for_xa = 1d-14
```

### min_dq_for_xa_convective¶

Min size for splitting because of composition gradient in convective regions. if <= 0, then use min_dq_for_xa instead of this.

```
min_dq_for_xa_convective = 1d-6
```

Min size for cell to be split because of jump in logT.

```
min_dq_for_logT = 1d-14
```

### mesh_min_dlnR¶

Limit on difference in lnR across cell for mesh refinement. Do not make this smaller than about 1d-14 or will fail with numerical problems.

```
mesh_min_dlnR = 1d-9
```

### merge_if_dlnR_too_small¶

If true, mesh adjustment will force merge if difference in lnR across cell is too small.

```
merge_if_dlnR_too_small = .false.
```

### mesh_min_dr_div_dRstar¶

Limit on relative radial extent for mesh refinement. dRstar = s% r(1) - s% R_center Don’t split if dr/dRstar would drop below this limit.

```
mesh_min_dr_div_dRstar = -1
```

### merge_if_dr_div_dRstar_too_small¶

If true, mesh adjustment will force merge if `dr_div_dRstar`

too small.

```
merge_if_dr_div_dRstar_too_small = .true.
```

### mesh_min_dr_div_cs¶

Limit (in seconds) on sound crossing time for mesh refinement. Don’t split if sound crossing time would drop below this limit.

```
mesh_min_dr_div_cs = -1
```

### merge_if_dr_div_cs_too_small¶

If true, mesh adjustment will force merge if `dr_div_cs`

too small.

```
merge_if_dr_div_cs_too_small = .true.
```

### mesh_adjust_get_T_from_E¶

If true, then use internal energy conservation to set new temperature. If false, just use average temperature based on reconstruction polynomials.

```
mesh_adjust_get_T_from_E = .true.
```

### mesh_ok_to_merge¶

### mesh_max_k_old_for_split¶

### mesh_min_k_old_for_split¶

```
mesh_ok_to_merge = .true.
mesh_max_k_old_for_split = 999999999
mesh_min_k_old_for_split = 0
```

### E_function_weight¶

internal energy gradient, `E_function = E_function_weight*max(E_function_param,log10(energy))`

.

```
E_function_weight = 0
E_function_param = 16d0
```

### P_function_weight¶

Pressure gradient, `P_function = P_function_weight*log10(P)`

.

```
P_function_weight = 40
```

### T_function1_weight¶

Temperature gradient, `T_function1 = T_function1_weight*log10(T)`

.
NOTE: The T gradient mesh controls below seems to be necessary to allow burning that starts off center
to be able to reach the center. You can see this in the `pre_zahb`

`test_suite`

case if you
try running it without the T function. The center temperature will fail to rise.

```
T_function1_weight = 110
```

### T_function2_weight¶

### T_function2_param¶

```
T_function2 = T_function2_weight*log10(T / (T + T_function2_param))
```

Largest change in `T_function2`

happens around `T = T_function2_param`

.
Default value puts this in the envelope ionization region.

```
T_function2_weight = 0
T_function2_param = 2d4
```

### R_function_weight¶

### R_function_param¶

log radius gradient

```
R_function = R_function_weight*log10(1 + (r/Rsun)/R_function_param)
```

```
R_function_weight = 0
R_function_param = 1d-4
```

### R_function2_weight¶

### R_function2_param1¶

### R_function2_param2¶

```
R_function2 = R_function2_weight*min(R_function2_param1,max(R_function2_param2,r/Rstar))
```

where Rstar = radius of outer edge of model.

```
R_function2_weight = 0
R_function2_param1 = 0.4d0
R_function2_param2 = 0
```

### R_function3_weight¶

radius gradient

```
R_function3 = R_function3_weight*(r/Rstar)
```

```
R_function3_weight = 0
```

### M_function_weight¶

### M_function_param¶

log mass gradient

```
M_function = M_function_weight*log10(1 + (m/Msun)/M_function_param)
```

```
M_function_weight = 0
M_function_param = 1d-6
```

### gradT_function_weight¶

gradT gradient, `gradT_function = gradT_function_weight*gradT`

```
gradT_function_weight = 0
```

### log_tau_function_weight¶

log_tau gradient (optical depth)

```
log_tau_function = log_tau_function_weight*log10(tau)
```

```
log_tau_function_weight = 0
```

### log_kap_function_weight¶

log_kap gradient (optical depth)

```
log_kap_function = log_kap_function_weight*log10(kap)
```

```
log_kap_function_weight = 0
```

### omega_function_weight¶

omega gradient (rotation omega in rad/sec)

```
omega_function = omega_function_weight*log10(omega)
```

```
omega_function_weight = 0
```

### gam_function_weight¶

### gam_function_param1¶

### gam_function_param2¶

For extra resolution around liquid/solid transition.

```
gam = plasma interaction parameter
gam_function = gam_function_weight*tanh((gam - gam_function_param1)/gam_function_param2)
```

```
gam_function_weight = 0
gam_function_param1 = 170
gam_function_param2 = 20
```

### xa_function_species¶

### xa_function_weight¶

Mass fraction gradients.

```
xa_function = xa_function_weight*log10(xa + xa_function_param),
```

Up to `num_xa_function`

of these - see `star_def`

for value of `num_xa_function`

.
0 length string means skip, otherwise name of nuclide as defined in `chem_def`

.
weight <= 0 means skip.

```
xa_function_species(:) = ''
xa_function_weight(:) = 0
```

```
xa_function_species(1) = 'he4'
xa_function_weight(1) = 30
xa_function_param(1) = 1d-2
```

### xa_mesh_delta_coeff¶

Useful if you want to increase `mesh_delta_coeff`

during advanced burning.
If `xa_function_species(j)`

has the largest atomic number in current set of species,
then multiply `mesh_delta_coeff`

by `xa_mesh_delta_coeff(j)`

.

```
xa_mesh_delta_coeff(:) = 1
```

### mesh_delta_coeff_factor_smooth_iters¶

Some smoothing is useful when using local changes to mesh_delta_coeff.

```
mesh_delta_coeff_factor_smooth_iters = 3
```

“Indirect” mesh controls work by increasing sensitivity in selected regions.
They work in the same way as `mesh_delta_coeff`

– values less than 1.0 mean
smaller allowed jumps in mesh functions and hence smaller grid points and
higher resolution. But whereas `mesh_delta_coeff`

applies uniformly to all
cells, the “extra” coefficients can vary in value from one cell to the next.

Note that you can set your own local changes by means of the hook other_mesh_delta_coeff_factor.

### mesh_logX_species¶

### mesh_logX_min_for_extra¶

Increase resolution at points with large abs(dlogX/dlogP); logX = log10(X mass fraction).

```
mesh_logX_species(1) = ''
mesh_logX_min_for_extra(1) = -6
```

### mesh_dlogX_dlogP_extra(1)¶

### mesh_dlogX_dlogP_full_on(1)¶

### mesh_dlogX_dlogP_full_off(1)¶

Only increase resolution if `logX >= mesh_logX_min_for_extra`

.
Make `mesh_dlogX_dlogP_extra < 1`

for smaller allowed change in logP and hence higher resolution.
Full effect if `abs(dlogX/dlogP) >= mesh_dlogX_dlogP_full_on`

.
No effect if `abs(dlogX/dlogP)) <= mesh_dlogX_dlogP_full_off`

.
Up to `num_mesh_logX`

of these (see `star_def`

for value of `num_mesh_logX`

).

```
mesh_dlogX_dlogP_extra(1) = 1
mesh_dlogX_dlogP_full_on(1) = 2
mesh_dlogX_dlogP_full_off(1) = 1
```

Multiply `mesh_delta_coeff`

near convection zone boundary (czb) by the following factors.
Value < 1 gives increased resolution.

Increase resolution at points with large `abs(dlog_eps/dlogP)`

for nuclear power eps (ergs/g/sec).
At any particular location, only use eps nuc category with max local value
e.g., only use `mesh_dlog_pp_dlogP_extra`

at points where pp is the max burn source.

### mesh_dlog_eps_min_for_extra¶

Only increase resolution if `log_eps >= mesh_dlog_eps_min_for_extra`

.

```
mesh_dlog_eps_min_for_extra = -2
```

### mesh_dlog_eps_dlogP_full_on¶

Full effect if `abs(dlog_eps/dlogP) >= mesh_dlog_eps_dlogP_full_on`

.

```
mesh_dlog_eps_dlogP_full_on = 4
```

### mesh_dlog_eps_dlogP_full_off¶

No effect if `abs(dlog_eps/dlogP)) <= mesh_dlog_eps_dlogP_full_off`

.

```
mesh_dlog_eps_dlogP_full_off = 1
```

Multiply the allowed change between adjacent cells by the following factors; (small factor => smaller allowed change => more cells).

pp and cno burning

```
mesh_dlog_pp_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_cno_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
```

triple alpha, c, n, and o burning

```
mesh_dlog_3alf_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_burn_c_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_burn_n_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_burn_o_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
```

ne, na, and mg burning

```
mesh_dlog_burn_ne_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_burn_na_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_burn_mg_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
```

c12+c12. c12+o16, and o16+o16 burning

```
mesh_dlog_cc_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_co_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_oo_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
```

si to iron alog alpha chain burning

```
mesh_dlog_burn_si_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_burn_s_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_burn_ar_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_burn_ca_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_burn_ti_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_burn_cr_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_burn_fe_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
```

photodisintegration burning

```
mesh_dlog_pnhe4_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_other_dlogP_extra = 0.25d0
mesh_dlog_photo_dlogP_extra = 1
```

### max_rel_delta_IE_for_mesh_total_energy_balance¶

remeshing can adjust internal energy of cell by this fraction in order to maintain total internal + potential + kinetic energy.

```
max_rel_delta_IE_for_mesh_total_energy_balance = 0.05d0
```

### trace_mesh_adjust_error_in_conservation¶

If true, report relative errors for total PE, KE, and IE. (potential, kinetic, internal).

```
trace_mesh_adjust_error_in_conservation = .false.
```

### restore_mesh_on_retry¶

If true, then after a retry the remeshing is undone for the step, and the following try is performed with the same mesh used in the previous step. This can help with the retry by reducing the changes.

```
restore_mesh_on_retry = .false.
```

### num_steps_to_hold_mesh_after_retry¶

When restore_mesh_on_retry=true, then after a retry remeshing is not done for this number of steps.

```
num_steps_to_hold_mesh_after_retry = 0
```

### use_split_merge_amr¶

```
use_split_merge_amr = .false.
```

### split_merge_amr_logtau_zoning¶

### split_merge_amr_log_zoning¶

### split_merge_amr_hybrid_zoning¶

### split_merge_amr_flipped_hybrid_zoning¶

if split_merge_amr_logtau_zoning, target is even grid spacing in logtau else if split_merge_amr_log_zoning, target is even grid spacing in logr else if split_merge_amr_hybrid_zoning, target is even r spacing for core, even logr outside else if split_merge_amr_flipped_hybrid_zoning, target is even logr spacing for core, even r outside else target is even grid spacing in r

```
split_merge_amr_logtau_zoning = .false.
split_merge_amr_log_zoning = .true.
split_merge_amr_hybrid_zoning = .false.
split_merge_amr_flipped_hybrid_zoning = .false.
```

### split_merge_amr_nz_baseline¶

### split_merge_amr_nz_r_core¶

### split_merge_amr_nz_r_core_fraction¶

### split_merge_amr_mesh_delta_coeff¶

```
split_merge_amr_nz_baseline = 1000
split_merge_amr_nz_r_core = 0d0 ! ignore if <= 0
split_merge_amr_nz_r_core_fraction = 0d0 ! ignore if <= 0; else r_core = r_center + fraction*(r(1) - r_center)
split_merge_amr_mesh_delta_coeff = 1d0 ! like mesh_delta_coeff, but for amr
```

### split_merge_amr_MaxLong¶

### split_merge_amr_MaxShort¶

split cell if ratio of actual/desired size is > split_merge_amr_MaxLong; ignore if <= 0 merge cell if ratio of desired/actual size is < split_merge_amr_MaxShort; ignore if <= 0 be careful to avoid inconsistent limits such as when a required split triggers a required merge. to be safe, make sure product of limits > 2.

```
split_merge_amr_MaxLong = 1.5d0
split_merge_amr_MaxShort = 1.5d0
```

### merge_amr_max_abs_du_div_cs¶

```
merge_amr_max_abs_du_div_cs = 0.1d0
```

### merge_amr_du_div_cs_limit_only_for_compression¶

If true, then merge_amr_max_abs_du_div_cs limit will only be considered for cells that would undergo compression

```
merge_amr_du_div_cs_limit_only_for_compression = .false.
```

### merge_amr_inhibit_at_jumps¶

```
merge_amr_inhibit_at_jumps = .false.
```

### merge_amr_ignore_surface_cells¶

### merge_amr_k_for_ignore_surface_cells¶

Merging surface cells can cause problems. If merge_amr_ignore_surface_cells is true, then the outermost merge_amr_k_for_ignore_surface_cells cells are ignored for merge.

```
merge_amr_ignore_surface_cells = .true.
merge_amr_k_for_ignore_surface_cells = 2
```

### split_merge_amr_avoid_repeated_remesh¶

If true, then after a cell has been merged or split, the resulting cell will not be considered in further remeshing for this step.

```
split_merge_amr_avoid_repeated_remesh = .false.
```

### split_merge_amr_dq_min¶

### split_merge_amr_dq_max¶

```
split_merge_amr_dq_min = 1d-14
split_merge_amr_dq_max = 1d0
```

### split_merge_amr_r_core_cm¶

```
split_merge_amr_r_core_cm = 1d8
```

### split_merge_amr_max_iters¶

```
split_merge_amr_max_iters = 100
```

### split_merge_amr_okay_to_split_1¶

### split_merge_amr_okay_to_split_nz¶

```
split_merge_amr_okay_to_split_1 = .true.
split_merge_amr_okay_to_split_nz = .true.
```

### equal_split_density_amr¶

```
equal_split_density_amr = .false.
```

### trace_split_merge_amr¶

```
trace_split_merge_amr = .false.
```

## nuclear reaction controls¶

### default_net_name¶

Name of base reaction network.
Each net corresponds to a file in `$MESA_DIR/data/net_data/nets`

.
Look in that directory to see your network options,
or learn how to create your own net.

```
default_net_name = 'basic.net'
```

### screening_mode¶

- empty string means no screening
`' extended'`

: extends the Graboske (1973) method using results from Alastuey and Jancovici (1978), along with plasma parameters from Itoh et al (1979) for strong screening.`'salpeter'`

: weak screening only. following Salpeter (1954), with equations (4-215) and (4-221) of Clayton (1968).`'chugunov'`

: based on code from Sam Jones Implements screening from Chugunov et al (2007) for weak and strong screening MESA versions <=11435 used extended as the default value

```
screening_mode = 'chugunov'
```

### net_logTcut_lo¶

strong rates are zero `logT < logTcut_lo`

use default from net if this is <= 0

```
net_logTcut_lo = -1
```

### net_logTcut_lim¶

strong rates cutoff smoothly for `logT < logTcut_lim`

use default from net if this is <= 0

```
net_logTcut_lim = -1
```

### max_abar_for_burning¶

if abar > this, suppress all burning e.g., if want an “inert” core heavy elements, set this to 55 or, if want to turn off the net, set this to -1

```
max_abar_for_burning = 199
```

### dxdt_nuc_factor¶

Control for abundance changes by burning.
Changes `dxdt_nuc`

(rate of change of abundances)
without changing the rates or `eps_nuc`

(rate of energy generation).

```
dxdt_nuc_factor = 1
```

### reaction_neuQs_factor¶

all neutrino Q factors are multiplied by this factor

```
reaction_neuQs_factor = 1
```

### nonlocal_NiCo_kap_gamma¶

```
nonlocal_NiCo_kap_gamma = 0
```

### nonlocal_NiCo_decay_heat¶

if true, do non-local deposition of gamma-ray energy from Ni56 and Co56 decays. only for approx nets including co56. intended for use with stripped envelope supernovae.

```
nonlocal_NiCo_decay_heat = .false.
```

### dtau_gamma_NiCo_decay_heat¶

```
dtau_gamma_NiCo_decay_heat = 1d0
```

### max_logT_for_net¶

```
max_logT_for_net = 10.2d0
```

## element diffusion¶

gravitational settling and chemical diffusion.

### do_element_diffusion¶

determines whether or not we do element diffusion

```
do_element_diffusion = .false.
```

### diffusion_dt_limit¶

no element diffusion if dt < this limit (in seconds)

```
diffusion_dt_limit = 3.15d7
```

### diffusion_use_paquette¶

if true, use atomic diffusion coefficients according to Paquette et al. (1986). if false, use Stanton & Murillo (2016) for diffusion coefficients. (Paquette coefficients still used for electron-ion because Stanton & Murillo did not do calculations for attractive potentials.)

```
diffusion_use_paquette = .false.
```

### diffusion_use_iben_macdonald¶

if true, use diffusion coefficients similar to Iben & MacDonald (1985).
if false, use Stanton & Murillo (2016) for diffusion coefficients.
this was previously called `diffusion_use_pure_coulomb`

.

```
diffusion_use_iben_macdonald = .false.
```

### diffusion_use_cgs_solver¶

if false, solve the system of equations described by Thoul et al. (1994) if true, solve the unmodified Burgers equations in cgs units

```
diffusion_use_cgs_solver = .true.
```

### cgs_thermal_diffusion_eta_full_on¶

### cgs_thermal_diffusion_eta_full_off¶

When `diffusion_use_cgs_solver = .true.`

for `eta < cgs_thermal_diffusion_eta_full_on`

,
includes the heat flow vector terms in the Burgers equations.
Then smoothly turns off use of these terms so that they are not included
for `eta > cgs_thermal_diffusion_eta_full_off`

, since these terms are
problematic when distribution function become non-Maxwellian.

```
cgs_thermal_diffusion_eta_full_on = 0d0
cgs_thermal_diffusion_eta_full_off = 2d0
```

### do_WD_sedimentation_heating¶

### min_xa_for_WD_sedimentation_heating¶

if true, include heating associated with sedimentation when element diffusion is on.
Only elements with mass fraction > min_xa_for_WD_sedimentation_heating
will be included in this calculation.
For best results, set diffusion_use_full_net = .true.
This will affect white dwarf cooling times.
See also `eps_WD_sedimentation_factor`

```
do_WD_sedimentation_heating = .false.
min_xa_for_WD_sedimentation_heating = 1d-5
```

### do_diffusion_heating¶

if true, calculate heating term associated with changes in internal energy due to any abundance changes from element diffusion, and include this term in the energy equation. To avoid double-counting, this control can only be used if do_WD_sedimentation_heating = .false.

```
do_diffusion_heating = .true.
```

### diffusion_min_dq_at_surface¶

treat at least this much at surface as a single cell for purposes of diffusion

```
diffusion_min_dq_at_surface = 1d-9
```

### diffusion_min_T_at_surface¶

treat cells cells at surface with T < this as a single cell for purposes of diffusion default should be large enough to ensure hydrogen ionization

```
diffusion_min_T_at_surface = 1d4
```

### diffusion_min_dq_ratio_at_surface¶

combine cells at surface until have total mass >= this factor times the next cell below them this helps with surface boundary condition for diffusion by putting large cell at surface

```
diffusion_min_dq_ratio_at_surface = 10
```

### diffusion_dt_div_timescale¶

dt is at most this fraction of timescale.
Each stellar evolution step can be divided into many substeps for diffusion.
The substep timescale is set by rates of flow in and out for each species in each cell.
The substep size, dt, is initially set to `timescale*diffusion_dt_div_timescale`

.

```
diffusion_dt_div_timescale = 1
```

### diffusion_min_num_substeps¶

Max substep dt is total time divided by this.

```
diffusion_min_num_substeps = 1
```

### diffusion_max_iters_per_substep¶

If the substep requires too many iterations, the substep time is decreased for a retry.

```
diffusion_max_iters_per_substep = 10
```

### diffusion_max_retries_per_substep¶

If the substep requires too many retries, diffusion fails and forces a retry for the star.

```
diffusion_max_retries_per_substep = 10
```

### diffusion_tol_correction_max¶

### diffusion_tol_correction_norm¶

Tolerances for solver iterations. Corrections smaller will be treated as converged. Corrections larger will cause another solver iteration.

```
diffusion_tol_correction_max = 1d-1
diffusion_tol_correction_norm = 1d-3
```

### diffusion_min_X_hard_limit¶

tolerance for negative mass fraction errors errors larger will cause retry; errors smaller will be corrected. Tightening this control may help with “failed in fixup” errors when diffusion_use_isolve = .true.

```
diffusion_min_X_hard_limit = -1d-3
```

### diffusion_X_total_atol¶

### diffusion_X_total_rtol¶

tolerances for errors in total species conservation errors larger will cause retry; errors smaller will be corrected.

```
diffusion_X_total_atol = 1d-9
diffusion_X_total_rtol = 1d-6
```

### diffusion_upwind_abs_v_limit¶

switch to upwind for i at face k if abs(v(i,k)) > this limit mainly for use with radiative levitation where get very much higher velocities

```
diffusion_upwind_abs_v_limit = 1d99
```

### diffusion_v_max¶

Max velocity (cm/sec).
We can get extremely large velocities in the extreme outer envelope
that cause problems numerically without really effecting the results,
so we allow a max for the velocities that should help the numerics
without changing the results.
Note: change `diffusion_v_max`

to at least 1d-2 when using radiative levitation.

```
diffusion_v_max = 1d-3
```

### D_mix_ignore_diffusion¶

Diffusion is turned off in core and surface convection zones, since it is overwhelmed by other mixing there. D_mix_ignore_diffusion roughly defines the mixing coefficient below which diffusion is included again. The code finds the location where D_mix falls to this value, backs up some, and turns on diffusion from there onward.

```
D_mix_ignore_diffusion = 1d5
```

### diffusion_gamma_full_off¶

### diffusion_gamma_full_on¶

`gamma_full_on <= gamma_full_off`

Shut off diffusion for large gamma (i.e. for `gamma >= gamma_full_off`

).
Gradually decrease diffusion as gamma increases from `full_on`

to `full_off`

.
Allow normal diffusion for `gamma <= gamma_full_on`

.
Default is diffusion off when get well into liquid regime.

```
diffusion_gamma_full_off = 1d99
diffusion_gamma_full_on = 1d99
```

### diffusion_T_full_on¶

### diffusion_T_full_off¶

`T_full_on >= T_full_off`

Shut off diffusion for small T (i.e., for `T <= T_full_off`

)
Gradually decrease diffusion as T decreases from `T_full_on`

to `T_full_off`

.
Allow normal diffusion for `T >= T_full_on`

.

```
diffusion_T_full_on = 1d3
diffusion_T_full_off = 1d3
```

### diffusion_calculates_ionization¶

If `diffusion_calculates_ionization`

is false, MESA uses
typical charges for a set of representative species as
defined in `diffusion_class_typical_charge`

and
`diffusion_class_representative`

for all points rather than
calculating the ionization from the local conditions.

```
diffusion_calculates_ionization = .true.
```

### diffusion_SIG_factor¶

### diffusion_GT_factor¶

factors for playing with SIG and GT terms for concentration diffusion and advection

```
diffusion_SIG_factor = 1d0
diffusion_GT_factor = 1d0
```

### diffusion_AD_dm_full_on¶

### diffusion_AD_dm_full_off¶

### diffusion_AD_boost_factor¶

artificial concentration diffusion near surface (mainly for radiative levitation)
Msun units for `full_on`

and `full_off`

boost only used if > 0

```
diffusion_AD_dm_full_on = -1
diffusion_AD_dm_full_off = -1
diffusion_AD_boost_factor = 0
```

### diffusion_Vlimit_dm_full_on¶

### diffusion_Vlimit_dm_full_off¶

in Msun units artificial velocity limitation near surface (mainly for radiative levitation)

```
diffusion_Vlimit_dm_full_on = -1
diffusion_Vlimit_dm_full_off = -1
```

### diffusion_Vlimit¶

In units of local cell crossing velocity (only used if > 0).
When full on, limit `abs(v) <= Vlimit*dr/dt`

, cell size dr, substep time dt.

```
diffusion_Vlimit = 0
```

### D_mix_zero_region_bottom_q¶

### D_mix_zero_region_top_q¶

### dq_D_mix_zero_at_H_He_crossover¶

### dq_D_mix_zero_at_H_C_crossover¶

```
D_mix_zero_region_bottom_q = 1d99
D_mix_zero_region_top_q = -1d99
dq_D_mix_zero_at_H_He_crossover = -1d0
dq_D_mix_zero_at_H_C_crossover = -1d0
```

### diffusion_min_T_for_radaccel¶

### diffusion_max_T_for_radaccel¶

If T between these limits, then include radiative levitation at that location.
Calculation of radiative levitation is costly, so only use it where necessary.
Note: change `diffusion_v_max`

to at least 1d-2 when using radiative levitation.

Note that radiative levitation requires OP calculations of g_rad for each class, and only 17 elements are supported (H, He, C, N, O, Ne, Na, Mg, Al, Si, S, Ar, Ca, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni). If you want to include radiative levitation, your options are: + Define diffusion classes such that all class representatives are among the 17 elements listed above. + Use a net with only elements from the 17 above, and set diffusion_use_full_net = .true.

```
diffusion_min_T_for_radaccel = 0
diffusion_max_T_for_radaccel = 0
```

### diffusion_min_Z_for_radaccel¶

### diffusion_max_Z_for_radaccel¶

If Z between these limits, then include radiative levitation for that element.
Calculation of radiative levitation is costly, so only use it where necessary.
e.g., limit to Fe and Ni by `min_Z = 26`

and `max_Z = 28`

```
diffusion_min_Z_for_radaccel = 0
diffusion_max_Z_for_radaccel = 1000
```

### diffusion_screening_for_radaccel¶

Include screening for radiative levitation.

```
diffusion_screening_for_radaccel = .true.
```

### diffusion_use_full_net¶

If true, don’t lump elements into classes for diffusion. Instead, each isotope in the network is treated as its own separate class. This can cause significant slowdowns for large nets, so it is off by default. This works for nets with up to 100 isotopes; larger nets require lumping into classes.

```
diffusion_use_full_net = .false.
```

### diffusion_num_classes¶

Number of representative classes of species for diffusion calculations. (maximum of 100)

```
diffusion_num_classes = 5
```

### diffusion_class_representative(:)¶

isotope names for diffusion representatives

```
diffusion_class_representative(1) = 'h1'
diffusion_class_representative(2) = 'he3'
diffusion_class_representative(3) = 'he4'
diffusion_class_representative(4) = 'o16'
diffusion_class_representative(5) = 'fe56'
```

### diffusion_class_A_max(:)¶

atomic number A. in ascending order. species goes into 1st class with `A_max`

>= species A

```
diffusion_class_A_max(1) = 2
diffusion_class_A_max(2) = 3
diffusion_class_A_max(3) = 4
diffusion_class_A_max(4) = 16
diffusion_class_A_max(5) = 10000
```

### diffusion_class_typical_charge(:)¶

Typical charges for use if `diffusion_calculates_ionization`

is false
Use charge 21 for Fe in the sun, from
Thoul, Bahcall, and Loeb (1994), ApJ, 421, 828.

```
diffusion_class_typical_charge(1) = 1
diffusion_class_typical_charge(2) = 2
diffusion_class_typical_charge(3) = 2
diffusion_class_typical_charge(4) = 8
diffusion_class_typical_charge(5) = 21
```

### diffusion_class_factor(:)¶

Arbitrarily enhance or inhibit diffusion effects by class.

```
diffusion_class_factor(:) = 1d0
```

#### parameters for ionization solver¶

### diffusion_rtol_for_isolve¶

### diffusion_atol_for_isolve¶

Relative and absolute error parameters for iterative solver.

```
diffusion_rtol_for_isolve = 1d-4
diffusion_atol_for_isolve = 1d-5
```

### diffusion_maxsteps_for_isolve¶

Maximum number of steps to take in iterative solver.

```
diffusion_maxsteps_for_isolve = 1000
```

### diffusion_isolve_solver¶

Which ode solver to use for iterative.

Options include:

`'ros2_solver'`

`'rose2_solver'`

`'ros3p_solver'`

`'ros3pl_solver'`

`'rodas3_solver'`

`'rodas4_solver'`

`'rodasp_solver'`

```
diffusion_isolve_solver = 'ros2_solver'
```

### diffusion_dump_call_number¶

debugging info of diffusion at call number

```
diffusion_dump_call_number = -1
```

## eos controls¶

### fix_d_eos_dxa_partials¶

The star solver uses the partial derivatives of lnPgas and lnE with respect to composition. When the EOS fails to provide these, replace them with a finite-difference approximation.

```
fix_d_eos_dxa_partials = .true.
```

## opacity controls¶

more opacity controls can be found in `star_job.defaults`

### use_simple_es_for_kap¶

for experiments with simple electron scattering
if true, `opacity = 0.2*(1 + X)`

```
use_simple_es_for_kap = .false.
```

### use_starting_composition_for_kap¶

for experiments with partials of opacity with respect to composition if true, calls on kap during solver iterations use the starting composition

```
use_starting_composition_for_kap = .false.
```

### min_logT_for_opacity_factor_off¶

### min_logT_for_opacity_factor_on and¶

### max_logT_for_opacity_factor_on¶

### max_logT_for_opacity_factor_off¶

temperature controls for where the `opacity_factor`

is applied
if, for example, you only want the opacity factor to apply in the iron bump region
you can give a logT range such as

```
min_logT_for_opacity_factor_off = 5.2
min_logT_for_opacity_factor_on = 5.3
max_logT_for_opacity_factor_on = 5.7
max_logT_for_opacity_factor_off = 5.8
```

ignore these if < 0.

```
min_logT_for_opacity_factor_off = -1
min_logT_for_opacity_factor_on = -1
max_logT_for_opacity_factor_on = -1
max_logT_for_opacity_factor_off = -1
```

if you need cell-by-cell control of opacity factor,
set the vector “`extra_opacity_factor`

” using the routine “`other_opacity_factor`

”

#### OP mono opacities¶

The `OP_mono`

opacities use data and code from the OP website
as modified by Haili Hu. Since the tar.gz file is large (656 MB),
it is not included in the standard mesa download.

You can get `OP4STARS_1.3.tar.xz`

[here](http://sourceforge.net/projects/mesa/files)

Put it any place you want on your disk.

```
tar -xf OP4STARS_1.3.tar.xz
```

Set the inlist controls for the “mono” directory with the data files. For example, in my case it looks like the following, but you can put the directory anywhere you like – it doesn’t need to be in the mesa/data directory. And the cache file doesn’t need to be in the mono directory.

```
op_mono_data_path = '/Users/bpaxton/OP4STARS_1.3/mono'
op_mono_data_cache_filename = '/Users/bpaxton/OP4STARS_1.3/mono/op_mono_cache.bin'
```

If you use these opacities, you should cite Seaton (2005).

### op_mono_data_path¶

if this path is set to the empty string, ‘’, then it defaults to the
environment variable `$(MESA_OP_MONO_DATA_PATH)`

```
op_mono_data_path = '' ! '' defaults to $MESA_OP_MONO_DATA_PATH
```

### op_mono_data_cache_filename¶

if this is set to the empty string, ‘’, then it defaults to the
environment variable `$(MESA_OP_MONO_DATA_CACHE_FILENAME)`

```
op_mono_data_cache_filename = '' ! '' defaults to $MESA_OP_MONO_DATA_CACHE_FILENAME
```

### high_logT_op_mono_full_off¶

### high_logT_op_mono_full_on¶

### low_logT_op_mono_full_off¶

### low_logT_op_mono_full_on¶

you can select a range of log10T for using `op_mono`

opacities
outside that range, the code will use standard opacity tables.
for example, you might only use high T limits so that `op_mono`

is only used in the envelope, or you might set both low and
high T limits so that `op_mono`

is used around the Fe peak logT
but not for other locations in the star.

```
high_logT_op_mono_full_off >= high_logT_op_mono_full_on
high_logT_op_mono_full_on >= low_logT_op_mono_full_on
low_logT_op_mono_full_on >= low_logT_op_mono_full_off
```

```
op_mono opacities full on if
log10T <= high_logT_op_mono_full_on
and
log10T >= low_logT_op_mono_full_on
```

```
op_mono opacities full off if
log10T >= high_logT_op_mono_full_off
or
log10T <= low_logT_op_mono_full_off
```

partially on for other cases Note: OP mono ignored if either high_logT control < 0

```
high_logT_op_mono_full_off = -99
high_logT_op_mono_full_on = -99
```

```
low_logT_op_mono_full_off = -99
low_logT_op_mono_full_on = -99
```

### use_op_mono_alt_get_kap¶

if true, call the `op_mono_alt_get_kap`

routine instead of `op_mono_get_kap`

.
see `mesa/kap/public/kap_lib.f`

for details about these routines.

```
use_op_mono_alt_get_kap = .false.
```

### min_kap_for_dPrad_dm_eqn¶

```
min_kap_for_dPrad_dm_eqn = 1d-4
```

## asteroseismology controls¶

### delta_Pg_mode_freq¶

uHz. if <=0, use nu_max from scaled solar value

```
delta_Pg_mode_freq = 0d0
```

#### Brunt controls¶

### calculate_Brunt_B¶

### calculate_Brunt_N2¶

Only calculate if this is true.

```
calculate_Brunt_B = .true.
calculate_Brunt_N2 = .true.
```

### num_cells_for_smooth_brunt_B¶

Number of cells on either side to use in weighted smoothing of `brunt_B`

.

```
num_cells_for_smooth_brunt_B = 2
```

### threshold_for_smooth_brunt_B¶

Threshold for weighted smoothing of `brunt_B`

. Only apply smoothing (controlled
by `num_cells_for_smooth_brunt_B`

) for contiguous regions where \(|B|\) exceeds
this threshold. Might be useful for preventing narrow peaks from being excessively
broadened by smoothing

```
threshold_for_smooth_brunt_B = 0d0
```

### min_magnitude_brunt_B¶

If set `brunt_B`

to 0 if absolute value is < this.

```
min_magnitude_brunt_B = -1d99
```

## structure equations¶

### energy_eqn_option¶

Available options are `'dedt'`

or `'eps_grav'`

.
See below for descriptions of each form and form-specific options.

```
energy_eqn_option = 'dedt'
```

### dedt form¶

This form of the energy equation is used when `energy_eqn_option = 'dedt'`

.

It is a conservative equation for the local specific total energy introduced in MESA V, Section 3. See in particular Eq. (8) and surrounding discussion.

Because this equation is written in a conservative form, it should always do an
excellent job of numerical energy conservation. The error in numerical energy
conservation (quantified by `rel_E_err`

) reflects the energy equation
residuals (i.e., the extent to which the energy equation was not satisfied).
When using this form of the equation, models should generally have a small
(\(\lesssim 10^{-8}\)) value of `rel_E_err`

, roughly independent of space
and time resolution. A small value of `rel_E_err`

and its cumulative
counterpart `rel_run_E_err`

only demonstrates that the equation residuals are
small and is not evidence that a model is converged or reliable. Convergence
studies targeting the physical quantities of interest remain essential. A large
value of `rel_run_E_err`

(\(\gtrsim 10^{-2}\)) should be a cause for
concern and should be investigated further (see also
warn_when_large_rel_run_E_err and
max_abs_rel_run_E_err )

### no_dedt_form_during_relax¶

### dedt_eqn_r_scale¶

```
no_dedt_form_during_relax = .true.
dedt_eqn_r_scale = 1d8
```

### eps_grav form¶

This form of the energy equation is used when `energy_eqn_option = 'eps_grav'`

.

The quantity `eps_grav`

is defined as
\(\epsilon_{\rm grav} = -\frac{De}{Dt} - P \frac{DV_\rho}{Dt}\),
where \(e\) is the specific internal energy, \(P\) is the pressure,
\(V_\rho \equiv 1/\rho\) is the specific volume, and \(D/Dt\) is the
Lagrangian time derivative. See MESA IV, Section 8 for more discussion.

This quantity is then re-written into the following convenient-to-evaluate form (see MESA IV, eq. 63):

\(\epsilon_{\rm grav} = -T c_P \left[(1 - \nabla_{\rm ad} \chi_T)\frac{D\ln T}{Dt} - \nabla_{\rm ad} \chi_\rho \frac{D\ln \rho}{Dt}\right] + \epsilon_{\rm grav, X}\).

The final term reflects the change in internal energy due to changes in
composition (at fixed density and temperature) and is referred to in MESA as
`eps_grav_composition_term`

. It is defined as

\(\epsilon_{\rm grav, X} \equiv -\sum_i \left(\frac{\partial e}{\partial X_i}\right)_{\rho,T, \{X\ne X_i\}} \frac{DX_i}{Dt}\),

and MESA evaluates this term using the finite difference

\(\epsilon_{\rm grav, X} = -\frac{1}{\delta t}\left[e(\rho, T, X) - e(\rho, T, X_{\rm start})\right]\),

where \(\delta t\) is the timestep and \(X_{\rm start}\) is the start-of-step mass fractions. (Other quantities take their end-of-step values.)

Note: In a phase transition, `eps_grav`

includes the latent heat.

As with the `dedt`

form, the error in numerical energy conservation
(quantified by `rel_E_err`

) reflects the energy equation residuals (i.e., the
extent to which the energy equation was not satisfied). However, because this
version of the energy equation is not written in a conservative form, it also
includes error associated with the time discretization. An additional source of
error enters because the equation of state provided by the `eos`

module does
not precisely satisfy the mathematical and thermodynamic identities that are
used in rewriting the total and partial derivatives present in the equation.
This inconsistency is usually worst at the conditions where MESA blends
different component EOSes. It is important to understand that time
discretization error and eos inconsistencies also affect models using the
`dedt`

form of the energy equation but manifest in different ways (e.g., as
entropy generation). Under degenerate conditions, it is often preferable to
incur energy errors rather than entropy errors, and the `eps_grav`

form should
generally be preferred in such circumstances.

In practice, the error sources usually exhibit the ordering
(time discretization) > (eos inconsistency) >> (equation residuals).
With increasing time resolution, the time discretization error can be driven
down to the floor imposed by the eos inconsistency error. The value of this
floor depends on the physical conditions, but may be \(\sim 10^{-4}\), well
above the level of the residuals (\(\lesssim 10^{-8}\)). The control
use_time_centered_eps_grav provides a time-centered
implementation of `eps_grav`

that can often reach this floor at larger
timesteps. Convergence studies targeting the physical quantities of interest
remain essential.

### include_composition_in_eps_grav¶

If true, evaluate `eps_grav_composition_term`

and include this quantity in `eps_grav`

.

When this flag is true, the composition derivatives of `eps_grav`

are also
included in the Jacobian.

If this flag is set to false, the `eps_grav`

form will not conserve energy in
situations with changing composition.

```
include_composition_in_eps_grav = .true.
```

### use_time_centered_eps_grav¶

If true, use a time-centered version of `eps_grav`

and `eps_grav_composition_term`

.

```
use_time_centered_eps_grav = .false.
```

### Gamma_lnS_eps_grav_full_off¶

### Gamma_lnS_eps_grav_full_on¶

Automatic switch to lnS form for eps_grav (\(\epsilon_{\rm grav} = -T\frac{Ds}{Dt}\)) in regions with high Gamma (plasma interaction parameter).
These controls only apply when using the PC EOS. This is necessary to get the
latent heat associated with the crystallization phase transition. The
composition term \(-\sum_i (\partial e/\partial Y_i)_{s,\rho} dY_i\) is
never included when the lnS form is used, independent of the setting of the
control `include_composition_in_eps_grav`

.

```
Gamma_lnS_eps_grav_full_on = 150d0
Gamma_lnS_eps_grav_full_off = 120d0
```

### fix_eps_grav_transition_to_grid¶

fix_eps_grav_transition_to_grid = .false.

### velocity_q_upper_bound¶

Local override for global `v_flag`

.
If local q > this bound, local `v_flag`

is set false,
else local `v_flag`

is set to global `v_flag`

.
this lets you force v = 0 in outer envelope.

```
velocity_q_upper_bound = 1d99
```

### velocity_logT_lower_bound¶

Local override for global `v_flag`

.
If local logT < this bound, local `v_flag`

is set false,
else local `v_flag`

is set to global `v_flag`

.
this lets you force v = 0 in outer envelope.

```
velocity_logT_lower_bound = -1d99
```

### max_dt_yrs_for_velocity_logT_lower_bound¶

Only apply `velocity_logT_lower_bound`

when timestep < this limit.

```
max_dt_yrs_for_velocity_logT_lower_bound = 1d99
```

### use_gravity_rotation_correction¶

With rotation, multiply gravity by `fp_rot`

if this flag is true.
See the 2nd MESA paper (2013), equation 22.
previously called “use_dP_dm_rotation_correction”.

```
use_gravity_rotation_correction = .true.
```

### non_nuc_neu_factor¶

Multiplies power from non-nuclear reaction neutrinos. i.e., thermal neutrinos such as computed by mesa/neu.

```
non_nuc_neu_factor = 1
```

### eps_nuc_factor¶

Multiplies `eps_nuc`

without changing rates or `dxdt_nuc`

.
Thus controls energy production without modifying the amount of change in abundances.

```
eps_nuc_factor = 1
```

### eps_WD_sedimentation_factor¶

This controls energy production from sedimentation of Ne22 (and possibly other neutron-rich elements in WD interiors).

```
eps_WD_sedimentation_factor = 1
```

### fe56ec_fake_factor¶

### min_T_for_fe56ec_fake_factor¶

Multiplier on ni56 electron capture rate to take isotopes in hardwired networks to more neutron rich isotopes.

```
fe56ec_fake_factor = 1d-7
min_T_for_fe56ec_fake_factor = 3d9
```

### max_num_surf_revisions¶

Max number of forced reconverges for changes in `surf_lnS`

.

```
max_num_surf_revisions = 1
```

### max_abs_rel_change_surf_lnS¶

Force solver reconverge if surf_lnS changed more than this.

```
max_abs_rel_change_surf_lnS = 5d-4
```

### extra_power_source¶

erg/g/sec applied uniformly throughout the model
This can be used to push a pre-ms model up the track to lower center temperatures.
Can be used simultaneously with `inject_extra_ergs_sec`

and `inject_uniform_extra_heat`

```
extra_power_source = 0
```

### inject_uniform_extra_heat¶

extra heat in erg g^-1 s^-1
Added to cells in range `min_q_for_uniform_extra_heat`

to max.
Can be used simultaneously with `inject_extra_ergs_sec`

and `extra_power_source`

.

```
inject_uniform_extra_heat = 0
```

### min_q_for_uniform_extra_heat¶

sets bottom of region for `inject_uniform_extra_heat`

```
min_q_for_uniform_extra_heat = 0
```

### max_q_for_uniform_extra_heat¶

sets top of region for `inject_uniform_extra_heat`

```
max_q_for_uniform_extra_heat = 1
```

### inject_extra_ergs_sec¶

added to mass equal to `grams_for_inject_extra_core_ergs_sec`

can be used simultaneously with `extra_power_source`

and `inject_uniform_extra_heat`

```
inject_extra_ergs_sec = 0
```

### base_of_inject_extra_ergs_sec¶

(units: Msun) sets bottom of region for `inject_extra_ergs_sec`

note: actual base is at max of this and the center of the model

```
base_of_inject_extra_ergs_sec = 0
```

### total_mass_for_inject_extra_ergs_sec¶

(units: Msun) sets size of region for `inject_extra_ergs_sec`

```
total_mass_for_inject_extra_ergs_sec = 0
```

### start_time_for_inject_extra_ergs_sec¶

(units: sec) start time for injecting extra ergs/s

```
start_time_for_inject_extra_ergs_sec = -1d99
```

### duration_for_inject_extra_ergs_sec¶

(units: sec) length of time for injecting extra ergs/s set to negative value to keep injecting indefinitely or until reach target

```
duration_for_inject_extra_ergs_sec = -1
```

### inject_until_reach_model_with_total_energy¶

(units: ergs) target for model total energy
usually want to set `duration_for_inject_extra_ergs_sec = -1`

for this option.
continue injecting until total energy of model reaches min of
`inject_until_reach_model_with_total_energy`

, and
`initial total energy`

```
inject_until_reach_model_with_total_energy = 1d99
```

### steps_before_use_velocity_time_centering¶

### include_P_in_velocity_time_centering¶

### include_L_in_velocity_time_centering¶

### use_P_d_1_div_rho_form_of_work_when_time_centering_velocity¶

### P_theta_for_velocity_time_centering¶

### L_theta_for_velocity_time_centering¶

for time weighting in energy and momentum equations to give intrinsic conservation of total energy (conservation -> perfect as residuals -> 0), and to minimize numerical damping. as discussed in the 3rd mesa instrument paper (2015). time centering applies to velocities, pressures, and luminosities. not for u_flag. steps_before_use_velocity_time_centering < 0 means no time centering. P_theta and L_theta = 0.5 for time centered, = 1.0 for fully implicit.

```
steps_before_use_velocity_time_centering = -1
include_P_in_velocity_time_centering = .false.
P_theta_for_velocity_time_centering = 0.5d0
include_L_in_velocity_time_centering = .false.
L_theta_for_velocity_time_centering = 0.5d0
use_P_d_1_div_rho_form_of_work_when_time_centering_velocity = .false.
```

### use_dPrad_dm_form_of_T_gradient_eqn¶

### use_gradT_actual_vs_gradT_MLT_for_T_gradient_eqn¶

These are for alternatives ways to determine the T gradient. The standard form of the equation is

dT/dm = dP/dm * T/P * grad_T, grad_T = dlnT/dlnP from MLT.

use hydrostatic value for dP/dm in this. this is because of limitations of MLT for calculating grad_T. (MLT assumes hydrostatic equilibrium) see comment in K&W chpt 9.1.

The alternatives forms are for dynamic situations where the use of hydrostatic dP/dm is inappropriate. In order of priority,

With the resulting `L_rad`

, determine the expected dT/dm by

d_Prad/dm = -kap*L_rad/(clight*area^2) – see, e.g., K&W (5.12)

```
use_dPrad_dm_form_of_T_gradient_eqn = .false.
use_gradT_actual_vs_gradT_MLT_for_T_gradient_eqn = .false.
```

for hydro comparison tests (e.g., Sedov)

### Rayleigh-Taylor Instability¶

### RTI_A¶

### RTI_B¶

### RTI_C¶

### RTI_D¶

### RTI_C_X_factor¶

### RTI_C_X0¶

### RTI_max_alpha¶

### RTI_min_dm_behind_shock_for_full_on¶

### RTI_dm_for_center_alpha_nondecreasing¶

### RTI_energy_floor¶

### RTI_D_mix_floor¶

### RTI_min_m_for_D_mix_floor¶

### RTI_log_max_boost¶

### RTI_m_full_boost¶

### RTI_m_no_boost¶

Note that these parameters are not exactly the same as used by Paul Duffell. His calibrated D is 2, where mesa has default D = 3 (see mesaIV paper). Users should try various values since the choice is not clear cut.

```
RTI_A = 1d-3
RTI_B = 2.5d0
RTI_C = 0.2d0
RTI_D = 3d0
```

```
RTI_C_X0_frac = 0.9d0
RTI_C_X_factor = 0d0
```

```
RTI_max_alpha = 0.5d0
RTI_min_dm_behind_shock_for_full_on = 0d0
RTI_dm_for_center_eta_nondecreasing = 0.02d0
RTI_energy_floor = 0d0
RTI_D_mix_floor = 0d0
RTI_min_m_for_D_mix_floor = 0d0
```

```
RTI_log_max_boost = 3d0
RTI_m_full_boost = 4d0
RTI_m_no_boost = 5d0
```

### retry_for_v_above_clight¶

If .true., a retry will be triggered at the end of a step if the maximum velocity exceeds the speed of light. If .false., only a warning is printed.

```
retry_for_v_above_clight = .true.
```

## solver controls¶

the following is from a response on mesa-users to a question about controls for solver tolerances:

The “residual” is the left over difference between the left and right hand sides of the equation we are trying to solve. We do iterations to reduce that, but we are limited by the non-linearity of the problem and the quality of the estimates for the derivatives.

The “correction” is the change in the primary variable that is calculated using good-old Newton’s rule in multiple dimensions — so Jacobian and residuals give a correction that would make the next residual vanish if the problem were linear and the Jacobian was exact, neither of which are true. So the best we can hope for is that the corrections will get smaller next time.

The “norm” is the average; the “max” is the max. Sometimes you mainly care about the norm and will accept a few outliers. But sometimes you don’t want any really bad outliers, so you want to set a low limit for the max residual or correction as well as the norm.

You might want to try for several iterations with strict tolerances, and then relax them if things are still not converged. For example, you might be willing to live with the larger tolerances, but you’d like to give it a good try at the smaller ones before switching. Also, you might be willing to settle for any-old residual if the corrections have become small enough. You can do that too by relaxing the residual tolerances after a few iterations.

Hope that at least helps with the nomenclature.

I agree with Frank that you should consider the effects of smaller timesteps and more grid points as your main technique — tightening up the tolerances for the solver won’t help if you are taking timesteps that are too large or if you have inadequate grid resolution.

### tol_correction_norm¶

### tol_max_correction¶

“Correction” for variable x(i,k) is scaled change, dx(i,k)/xscale(i,k). these tolerances are for the magnitude of the scaled corrections.

```
tol_correction_norm = 3d-5
tol_max_correction = 3d-3
```

### tol_correction_high_T_limit¶

For very late stages of massive star evolution, need to relax tolerances. If max T >= this limit, switch scaling factors.

```
tol_correction_high_T_limit = 1d9
```

### tol_correction_norm_high_T¶

### tol_max_correction_high_T¶

Above `tol_correction_high_T_limit`

use these scaling factors.

```
tol_correction_norm_high_T = 3d-3
tol_max_correction_high_T = 3d-1
```

### tol_correction_extreme_T_limit¶

For very late stages of massive star evolution, need to relax tolerances. If center T >= this limit, switch scaling factors.

```
tol_correction_extreme_T_limit = 6d9
```

### tol_correction_norm_extreme_T¶

### tol_max_correction_extreme_T¶

For very late stages of massive star evolution, need to relax tolerances. If center T >= this limit, switch scaling factors.

```
tol_correction_norm_extreme_T = 8d-3
tol_max_correction_extreme_T = 8d-1
```

### tol_bad_max_correction¶

if `max_correction > tol_max_correction`

and no more iterations allowed,
then still accept the solution if `max_correction <= tol_bad_max_correction`

.
but if `max_correction > tol_bad_max_correction`

, then reject the solution.

```
tol_bad_max_correction = 0d0
```

### bad_max_correction_series_limit¶

If have this many steps in a row with `max_correction > tol_max_correction`

,
then do a retry with a smaller timestep.

```
bad_max_correction_series_limit = 2
```

### relax_use_gold_tolerances¶

```
relax_use_gold_tolerances = .false.
```

### relax_solver_iters_timestep_limit¶

### relax_tol_correction_norm¶

### relax_tol_max_correction¶

### relax_tol_residual_norm1¶

### relax_tol_max_residual1¶

### relax_iter_for_resid_tol2¶

### relax_tol_residual_norm2¶

### relax_tol_max_residual2¶

### relax_iter_for_resid_tol3¶

### relax_tol_residual_norm3¶

### relax_tol_max_residual3¶

### relax_maxT_for_gold_tolerances¶

For use during relax operations. Only used if /= 0.

```
relax_solver_iters_timestep_limit = 0
```

```
relax_tol_correction_norm = 0d0
relax_tol_max_correction = 0d0
```

```
relax_tol_residual_norm1 = 0d0
relax_tol_max_residual1 = 0d0
relax_iter_for_resid_tol2 = 3
```

```
relax_tol_residual_norm2 = 0d0
relax_tol_max_residual2 = 0d0
relax_iter_for_resid_tol3 = 0
```

```
relax_tol_residual_norm3 = 0d0
relax_tol_max_residual3 = 0d0
relax_maxT_for_gold_tolerances = -1d0
```

### include_L_in_correction_limits¶

### include_v_in_correction_limits¶

### include_u_in_correction_limits¶

### include_w_in_correction_limits¶

These variables can be excluded from calculation of correction norm and max.

```
include_L_in_correction_limits = .true.
include_v_in_correction_limits = .true.
include_u_in_correction_limits = .true.
include_w_in_correction_limits = .true.
```

### max_X_for_conv_timescale¶

### min_X_for_conv_timescale¶

### max_q_for_conv_timescale¶

### min_q_for_conv_timescale¶

### max_q_for_QHSE_timescale¶

### min_q_for_QHSE_timescale¶

```
max_X_for_conv_timescale = 1d0
min_X_for_conv_timescale = 0d0
max_q_for_conv_timescale = 1d0
min_q_for_conv_timescale = 0d0
max_q_for_QHSE_timescale = 1d0
min_q_for_QHSE_timescale = 0d0
```

### correction_xa_limit¶

Ignore correction to abundance when calculating correction norm and max if current mass fraction is less than this limit.

```
correction_xa_limit = 5d-3
```

### tol_residual_norm1¶

### tol_max_residual1¶

### iter_for_resid_tol2¶

“residual” for equation is the difference between left and right sides
use `tol_residual_norm1`

& `tol_max_residual1`

at iteration number `iter_for_resid_tol2`

, switch to next tolerances.

```
tol_residual_norm1 = 1d-10
tol_max_residual1 = 1d-9
iter_for_resid_tol2 = 6
```

### tol_residual_norm2¶

### tol_max_residual2¶

### iter_for_resid_tol3¶

Use `tol_residual_norm2`

& `tol_max_residual2`

these apply starting at iteration number `iter_for_resid_tol2`

.
at iteration number `iter_for_resid_tol3`

, switch to next tolerances.

```
tol_residual_norm2 = 1d90
tol_max_residual2 = 1d90
iter_for_resid_tol3 = 15
```

### tol_residual_norm3¶

### tol_max_residual3¶

Use `tol_residual_norm3`

& `tol_max_residual3`

these apply starting at iteration number `iter_for_resid_tol3`

.

```
tol_residual_norm3 = 1d90
tol_max_residual3 = 1d90
```

If things get worse from one iteration to next, give up. The following are the limits that define “getting worse enough to stop”.

### corr_norm_jump_limit¶

If correction norm increases by this factor or more, quit.

```
corr_norm_jump_limit = 1d99
```

### max_corr_jump_limit¶

If correction max increases by this factor or more, quit.

```
max_corr_jump_limit = 1d6
```

### resid_norm_jump_limit¶

If residual norm increases by this factor or more, quit.

```
resid_norm_jump_limit = 1d99
```

### max_resid_jump_limit¶

If residual max increases by this factor or more, quit.

```
max_resid_jump_limit = 1d6
```

### convergence_ignore_equL_residuals¶

```
convergence_ignore_equL_residuals = .false.
```

### convergence_ignore_alpha_RTI_residuals¶

```
convergence_ignore_alpha_RTI_residuals = .false.
```

### do_normalize_dqs_as_part_of_set_qs¶

normalize_dqs destroys bit-for-bit read as inverse of write for models. ok for create pre ms etc., but not for read model create_pre_ms calls normalize_dqs even if this flag is false.

```
do_normalize_dqs_as_part_of_set_qs = .false.
```

use_DGESVX_in_bcyclic use_equilibration_in_DGESVX report_min_rcond_from_DGESXV

FOR DEBUGGING ONLY. NOT FOR GENERAL USE.

```
use_DGESVX_in_bcyclic = .false.
use_equilibration_in_DGESVX = .false.
report_min_rcond_from_DGESXV = .false.
```

### solver_max_tries_before_reject¶

Max number solver iterations before give up.

```
solver_max_tries_before_reject = 25
```

### max_tries_after_5_retries¶

Increase number of tries after 5 failed ones.

```
max_tries_after_5_retries = 35
```

### max_tries_after_10_retries¶

Increase number of tries after 10 failed ones.

```
max_tries_after_10_retries = 50
```

### max_tries_after_20_retries¶

Increase number of tries after 20 failed ones.

```
max_tries_after_20_retries = 75
```

### retry_limit¶

Only use if > 0. In case the solver fails for some reason, it will retry with a smaller timestep. It does up to this many retries for the current step before terminating.

```
retry_limit = 100
```

### redo_limit¶

Only use if > 0. Do up to this many redo’s for the current step before terminating.

```
redo_limit = 100
```

### solver_itermin_until_reduce_min_corr_coeff¶

Use at least this many iterations in solver
before try using small `min_corr_coeff`

```
solver_itermin_until_reduce_min_corr_coeff = 8
```

### solver_reduced_min_corr_coeff¶

For use with `solver_itermin_for_reduce_min_corr_coeff`

.

```
solver_reduced_min_corr_coeff = 0.1d0
```

### tiny_corr_coeff_limit¶

### scale_correction_norm¶

### corr_param_factor¶

### scale_max_correction¶

### ignore_too_large_correction¶

### corr_coeff_limit¶

### tiny_corr_factor¶

### ignore_min_corr_coeff_for_scale_max_correction¶

### ignore_species_in_max_correction¶

### num_times_solver_reuse_mtx¶

see star/private/star_solver for info about these

```
tiny_corr_coeff_limit = 100
scale_correction_norm = 0.1d0
corr_param_factor = 10
scale_max_correction = 1d99
ignore_too_large_correction = .false.
corr_coeff_limit = 1d-2
tiny_corr_factor = 2
ignore_min_corr_coeff_for_scale_max_correction = .false.
ignore_species_in_max_correction = .false.
num_times_solver_reuse_mtx = 0
```

### min_xa_hard_limit¶

### min_xa_hard_limit_for_highT¶

If solver produces mass fraction < this limit, then reject the trial solution. Can optionally relax this limit at high T.

```
min_xa_hard_limit = -1d-5
min_xa_hard_limit_for_highT = -3d-5
```

### logT_max_for_xa_hard_limit¶

Use `min_xa_hard_limit`

for center logT <= this.

```
logT_max_for_min_xa_hard_limit = 9.49d0
```

### logT_min_for_xa_hard_limit_for_highT¶

Use `min_xa_hard_limit_for_highT`

for center logT >= this.
Linear interpolate in logT for intermediate center temperatures.

```
logT_min_for_min_xa_hard_limit_for_highT = 9.51d0
```

### sum_xa_hard_limit¶

### sum_xa_hard_limit_for_highT¶

If solver produces any cell with abs(sum(xa)-1) > this limit, then reject the trial solution. Can optionally relax this limit at high T.

```
sum_xa_hard_limit = 5d-4
sum_xa_hard_limit_for_highT = 1d-3
```

### logT_max_for_sum_xa_hard_limit¶

Use `sum_xa_hard_limit`

for center logT <= this.

```
logT_max_for_sum_xa_hard_limit = 9.40d0
```

### logT_min_for_sum_xa_hard_limit_for_highT¶

Use `sum_xa_hard_limit_for_highT`

for center logT >= this.
Linear interpolate in logT for intermediate center temperatures.

```
logT_min_for_sum_xa_hard_limit_for_highT = 9.44d0
```

### do_solver_damping_for_neg_xa¶

If true, uniformly reduce solver corrections if necessary to avoid neg abundances.

```
do_solver_damping_for_neg_xa = .true.
```

### scale_max_correction_for_negative_surf_lum¶

### max_frac_for_negative_surf_lum¶

If true, then scales the correction factor in a Newton iteration to prevent the surface from reaching a negative luminosity. If an iteration would require s% L(1) to become negative, then the correction is scaled such that the change in surface luminosity is -max_frac_for_negative_surf_lum*s% L(1)

```
scale_max_correction_for_negative_surf_lum = .false.
max_frac_for_negative_surf_lum = 0.8
```

### min_chem_eqn_scale¶

```
min_chem_eqn_scale = 1d0
```

### hydro_mtx_max_allowed_{abs}{dlogT | dlogRho | logT | logRho}¶

Force retry with smaller timestep if hydro solves change T or Rho by too much or make them too large.

```
hydro_mtx_max_allowed_abs_dlogT = 99d0
hydro_mtx_max_allowed_abs_dlogRho = 99d0
min_logT_for_hydro_mtx_max_allowed = -1d99
hydro_mtx_max_allowed_logT = 12d0
hydro_mtx_max_allowed_logRho = 12d0
```

```
hydro_mtx_min_allowed_logT = 1d0
hydro_mtx_min_allowed_logRho = -1d2
```

level 1 of gold tolerances for solver solver

### use_gold_tolerances¶

### steps_before_use_gold_tolerances¶

### gold_solver_iters_timestep_limit¶

### maxT_for_gold_tolerances¶

### gold_tol_residual_norm1¶

### gold_iter_for_resid_tol2¶

### gold_tol_residual_norm2¶

### gold_tol_max_residual2¶

### gold_iter_for_resid_tol3¶

### gold_tol_residual_norm3¶

### gold_tol_max_residual3¶

```
use_gold_tolerances = .true.
steps_before_use_gold_tolerances = -1
```

if >= 0, then after this many steps in run, act as if use_gold_tolerances true this allows a delay before turning on gold tolerances NOTE: if using steps_before_use_gold_tolerances >= 0, then set use_gold_tolerances = false

```
maxT_for_gold_tolerances = 1d99
```

```
gold_tol_residual_norm1 = 1d-11
gold_tol_max_residual1 = 1d-9
gold_iter_for_resid_tol2 = 5
gold_tol_residual_norm2 = 1d-8
gold_tol_max_residual2 = 1d-6
gold_iter_for_resid_tol3 = 10
gold_tol_residual_norm3 = 1d-6
gold_tol_max_residual3 = 1d-4
```

```
gold_solver_iters_timestep_limit = 14
```

level 2 of gold tolerances for solver solver - tighter than level 1

### use_gold2_tolerances¶

### steps_before_use_gold2_tolerances¶

### gold2_solver_iters_timestep_limit¶

### gold2_tol_residual_norm1¶

### gold2_iter_for_resid_tol2¶

### gold2_tol_residual_norm2¶

### gold2_tol_max_residual2¶

### gold2_iter_for_resid_tol3¶

### gold2_tol_residual_norm3¶

### gold2_tol_max_residual3¶

```
use_gold2_tolerances = .true.
steps_before_use_gold2_tolerances = -1
```

if >= 0, then after this many steps in run, act as if use_gold2_tolerances true this allows a delay before turning on level 2 gold tolerances NOTE: if using steps_before_use_gold2_tolerances >= 0, then set use_gold2_tolerances = false

```
gold2_tol_residual_norm1 = 1d-11
gold2_tol_max_residual1 = 1d-9
gold2_iter_for_resid_tol2 = 5
gold2_tol_residual_norm2 = 1d-10
gold2_tol_max_residual2 = 1d-8
gold2_iter_for_resid_tol3 = 10
gold2_tol_residual_norm3 = 1d-8
gold2_tol_max_residual3 = 1d-5
```

```
gold2_solver_iters_timestep_limit = 18
```

### include_rotation_in_total_energy¶

### previously called include_rotation_in_energy_error_report¶

```
include_rotation_in_total_energy = .false.
```

artificial viscosity

### use_Pvsc_art_visc¶

### Pvsc_cq¶

### Pvsc_zsh¶

Pvsc is artificial pressure to push back against compression this is the form of artificial viscosity used in RSP if using this, do not set use_artificial_viscosity true.

artificial viscosity controls for the equations see: Appendix C in Stellingwerf 1975 http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1975ApJ…195..441S. In principle, for not too-non-adiabatic convective models artificial viscosity is not needed or should be very small. Hence a large cut-off parameter below (in purely radiative models the default value for cut-off was 0.01)

zsh > 0 delays onset of artificial viscosity can eliminate most/all interior dissipation while still providing for extreme cases. using this parameter the dependence of limiting amplitude on cq is very weak.

```
use_Pvsc_art_visc = .false.
Pvsc_cq = 4.0d0
Pvsc_zsh = 0.1d0
```

### use_artificial_viscosity¶

use_artificial_viscosity has been replaced by use_Pvsc_art_visc.

## split burn¶

### op_split_burn¶

```
op_split_burn = .false.
```

### op_split_burn_min_T¶

### op_split_burn_min_T_for_variable_T_solver¶

### op_split_burn_eps¶

### op_split_burn_odescal¶

Only do op_split_burn in cells with T >= this limit at start of step.

```
op_split_burn_min_T = 2d9
op_split_burn_min_T_for_variable_T_solver = 1d99
op_split_burn_eps = 1d-5
op_split_burn_odescal = 1d-5
```

### op_split_burn_eps_nuc_infall_limit¶

turn off `op_split_burn`

nuclear burning if max infall speed exceeds this limit (cm/s).

```
op_split_burn_eps_nuc_infall_limit = 1d99
```

## timestep controls¶

The terminal output during evolution includes a short string for the `dt_limit`

.
This is to give you some indication of what is limiting the time steps.
Here’s a dictionary mapping those terminal strings to the corresponding control parameters.
(There is a similar table in `mesa/binary/defaults/binary_controls.defaults`

.)

```
terminal output related parameter
'burn steps' burn_steps_limit
'Lnuc' delta_lgL_nuc_limit
'Lnuc_cat' delta_lgL_nuc_cat_limit
'Lnuc_H' delta_lgL_H_limit
'Lnuc_He' delta_lgL_He_limit
'lgL_power_phot' delta_lgL_power_photo_limit
'Lnuc_z' delta_lgL_z_limit
'bad_X_sum' (solver found bad mass sum)
'dH' dH_limit
'dH/H' dH_div_H_limit
'dHe' dHe_limit
'dHe/He' dHe_div_He_limit
'dHe3' dHe3_limit
'dHe3/He3' dHe3_div_He3_limit
'dL/L' dL_div_L_limit
'dX' dX_limit
'dX/X' dX_div_X_limit
'dX_nuc_drop' dX_nuc_drop_limit
'delta mdot' delta_mdot_limit
'delta total J' delta_lg_total_J_limit
'delta_HR' delta_HR_limit
'delta_mstar' delta_lg_star_mass_limit
'diff iters' diffusion_iters_limit
'diff steps' diffusion_steps_limit
'min_dr_div_cs' dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit
'dt_collapse' dt_div_dt_cell_collapse_limit
'eps_nuc_cntr' delta_log_eps_nuc_cntr_limit
'error rate' limit_for_log_rel_rate_in_energy_conservation
'highT del Ye' delta_Ye_highT_limit
'hold' (recent retry, so no increase in dt)
'lgL' delta_lgL_limit
'lgP' delta_lgP_limit
'lgP_cntr' delta_lgP_cntr_limit
'lgR' delta_lgR_limit
'lgRho' delta_lgRho_limit
'lgRho_cntr' delta_lgRho_cntr_limit
'lgT' delta_lgT_limit
'lgT_cntr' delta_lgT_cntr_limit
'lgT_max' delta_lgT_max_limit
'lgT_max_hi_T' delta_lgT_max_at_high_T_limit
'lgTeff' delta_lgTeff_limit
'dX_div_X_cntr' delta_dX_div_X_cntr_limit
'lg_XC_cntr' delta_lg_XC_cntr_limit
'lg_XH_cntr' delta_lg_XH_cntr_limit
'lg_XHe_cntr' delta_lg_XHe_cntr_limit
'lg_XNe_cntr' delta_lg_XNe_cntr_limit
'lg_XO_cntr' delta_lg_XO_cntr_limit
'lg_XSi_cntr' delta_lg_XSi_cntr_limit
'XC_cntr' delta_XC_cntr_limit
'XH_cntr' delta_XH_cntr_limit
'XHe_cntr' delta_XHe_cntr_limit
'XNe_cntr' delta_XNe_cntr_limit
'XO_cntr' delta_XO_cntr_limit
'XSi_cntr' delta_XSi_cntr_limit
'log_eps_nuc' delta_log_eps_nuc_limit
'max_dt' max_years_for_timestep
'neg_mass_frac' (solver found neg mass frac)
'adjust_J_q' adjust_J_q_limit
'solver iters' solver_iters_timestep_limit
'rel_E_err' limit_for_rel_error_in_energy_conservation
'varcontrol' varcontrol_target
'max increase' max_timestep_factor or max_timestep_factor_at_high_T
'max decrease' min_timestep_factor
'retry' (just did a retry)
'b_****' see binary/defaults/binary_controls.defaults
```

### time_delta_coeff¶

time_delta_coeff - smaller forces smaller timesteps giving better time resolution. multiplier for all real number timestep limits and hard limits. does not apply to integer valued limits such as

- solver_iters_timestep_limit
- burn_steps_limit
- diffusion_steps_limit
- diffusion_iters_limit

does not apply to varcontrol_target. analogous to mesh_delta_coeff for better spatial resolution.

```
time_delta_coeff = 1d0
```

### max_years_for_timestep¶

`max_years_for_timestep <= 0`

means no upper limit.
Note: `max_timestep`

is the control that is used by most of the code.
`max_years_for_timestep`

is just provided as a convenience.
At the start of each step, the evolve routine checks to see if `max_years_for_timestep > 0`

,
and if so, it sets `max_timestep = max_years_for_timestep*secyer`

.

```
max_years_for_timestep = 0
```

### max_timestep_hi_T_limit¶

If `max T >= this`

, then switch to `hi_T_max_years_for_timestep`

.
Ignore if <= 0.

```
max_timestep_hi_T_limit = -1
```

### hi_T_max_years_for_timestep¶

Max years for timestep if `max_timestep_hi_T_limit`

is active.

```
hi_T_max_years_for_timestep = 0
```

### min_timestep_factor¶

Lower limit for ratio of new timestep to previous timestep. i.e., allow dt to get smaller by no more than this factor – 0 means no limit.

```
min_timestep_factor = 0.8d0
```

### force_timestep_years¶

Note: `force_timestep`

is the control that is used by most of the code.
`force_timestep_years`

is just provided as a convenience.
At the start of each step, the evolve routine checks if `force_timestep_years > 0`

,
and if so, it sets `force_timestep = force_timestep_years*secyer`

.

```
force_timestep_years = 0
```

### force_timestep_min¶

In seconds. `force_timestep_min <= 0`

means no forced lower limit.

```
force_timestep_min = 0
```

### force_timestep_min_years¶

Note: `force_timestep_min`

is the control that is used by most of the code.
`force_timestep_min_years`

is just provided as a convenience.
At the start of each step, the evolve routine checks if `force_timestep_min_years > 0`

,
and if so, it sets `force_timestep_min = force_timestep_min_years*secyer`

.

```
force_timestep_min_years = 0
```

### force_timestep_min_factor¶

If dt is < `force_timestep_min`

, then
replace dt by `min(dt*force_timestep_min_factor, force_timestep_min)`

```
force_timestep_min_factor = 2d0
```

### max_timestep_factor¶

### max_timestep_factor_at_high_T¶

### min_logT_for_max_timestep_factor_at_high_T¶

Upper limit for ratio of new timestep to previous timestep.
i.e., allow dt to get larger by no more than this factor – 0 means no limit.
use `max_timestep_factor_at_high_T`

when max logT > `min_logT_for_max_timestep_factor_at_high_T`

.

```
max_timestep_factor = 1.2d0
max_timestep_factor_at_high_T = 1.1d0
min_logT_for_max_timestep_factor_at_high_T = 1d99
```

### neg_mass_fraction_hold¶

No increases in timestep for `neg_mass_fraction_hold`

steps after
a retry caused by a negative mass fraction.

```
neg_mass_fraction_hold = 2
```

### use_dt_low_pass_controller¶

Enable low pass filter for smoother timestep variations.

```
use_dt_low_pass_controller = .true.
```

### varcontrol_target¶

This is the target value for relative variation in the structure from one model to the next. The default timestep adjustment is to increase or reduce the timestep depending on whether the actual variation was smaller or greater than this value.

```
varcontrol_target = 1d-3
```

### min_allowed_varcontrol_target¶

The run will terminate if varcontrol_target < min_allowed_varcontrol_target It is not usually a good idea to reduce this. Instead, use time_delta_coeff to do time resolution convergence studies.

```
min_allowed_varcontrol_target = 1d-4
```

### varcontrol_dt_limit_ratio_hard_max¶

`varcontrol_dt_limit_ratio`

is the actual varcontrol value divided by the target.
if that ratio exceeds this limit, then retry with a smaller timestep.
this let’s you prevent large changes from happening in a single step.

```
varcontrol_dt_limit_ratio_hard_max = 1d99
```

### never_skip_hard_limits¶

If true, then don’t skip hard limits even immediately after a retry.

```
never_skip_hard_limits = .true.
```

### relax_hard_limits_after_retry¶

If true, then don’t enforce hard limits immediately after a retry.

```
relax_hard_limits_after_retry = .false.
```

limits based on iterations required by various solvers

### solver_iters_timestep_limit¶

If solver solve uses more `solver_iterations`

than this, reduce the next timestep.
NOTE: when using gold tolerances, set gold_solver_iters_timestep_limit.

```
solver_iters_timestep_limit = 7
```

### burn_steps_limit¶

If burn solver uses more steps than this, reduce the next timestep.

```
burn_steps_limit = 10000
```

### burn_steps_hard_limit¶

If burn solver uses more steps than this, retry.

```
burn_steps_hard_limit = 20000
```

### diffusion_steps_limit¶

If diffusion solver uses more steps than this, reduce the next timestep.

```
diffusion_steps_limit = 500
```

### diffusion_steps_hard_limit¶

If diffusion solver uses more steps than this, retry.

```
diffusion_steps_hard_limit = 700
```

### diffusion_iters_limit¶

If use a total number of iters > this, reduce the next timestep.

```
diffusion_iters_limit = 600
```

### diffusion_iters_hard_limit¶

If use a total number of iters > this, retry.

```
diffusion_iters_hard_limit = 800
```

limits based on max decrease in mass fraction at any location in star

### dX_mix_dist_limit¶

Option to ignore decreases in abundance in non-mixed cells near mixing boundaries.
Ignore abundance changes if nearest mixing boundary is closer than this in Msun units.
This applies to `dH`

, `dH_div_H`

, `dHe`

, `dHe_d_He`

, `dX`

, and `dX_div_X`

limits.

```
dX_mix_dist_limit = 1d-4
```

Limit on magnitude of decrease in any cell hydrogen abundance during a single timestep.
dH here is `abs(xa(h1,k) - xa_old(h1,k))`

for any cell k.
Considers all cells except where have convective mixing.

### dH_limit¶

If max dH is greater than this, reduce the next timestep by `dH_limit/max_dH`

.

```
dH_limit = 1d99
```

### dH_decreases_only¶

If true, then only consider decreases in abundance.

```
dH_decreases_only = .true.
```

Limit on magnitude of relative decrease in any cell hydrogen abundance.
`dH_div_H`

here is `abs(xa(h1,k) - xa_old(h1,k))/xa(h1,k)`

considers all cells except where have convective mixing.
`dH_decreases_only`

applies to `dH_div_H`

also.

### dH_div_H_limit_min_H¶

`dH_div_H`

limits only apply where xa(h1,k) >= this limit.

```
dH_div_H_limit_min_H = 1d-3
```

### dH_div_H_limit¶

If max `dH_div_H`

is greater than this, reduce the next timestep by `dH_div_H_limit/max dH_div_H`

.

```
dH_div_H_limit = 0.9d0
```

### dH_div_H_hard_limit¶

If max `dH_div_H`

is greater than this, retry with smaller timestep.

```
dH_div_H_hard_limit = 1d99
```

Limit on magnitude of decrease in any cell helium abundance during a single timestep.
dHe here is `abs(xa(he4,k) - xa_old(he4,k))`

for any cell k.
Considers all cells except where have convective mixing.

### dHe_limit = 1d99¶

If max dHe is greater than this, reduce the next timestep by `dHe_limit/max_dHe`

.

```
dHe_limit = 1d99
```

### dHe_decreases_only¶

If true, then only consider decreases in abundance.
`dHe_decreases_only`

applies to `dHe_div_He`

also.

```
dHe_decreases_only = .true.
```

Limit on magnitude of relative decrease in any cell helium abundance.
`dHe_div_He`

here is `abs(xa(he4,k) - xa_old(he4,k))/xa(he4,k)`

.
Considers all cells except where have convective mixing.

### dHe_div_He_limit_min_He¶

`dHe_div_He`

limits only apply where xa(he4,k) >= this limit.

```
dHe_div_He_limit_min_He = 1d-3
```

### dHe_div_He_limit¶

If max `dHe_div_He`

is greater than this, reduce the next timestep by `dHe_limit/max_dHe`

.

```
dHe_div_He_limit = 0.9d0
```

### dHe_div_He_hard_limit¶

If max `dHe_div_He`

is greater than this, retry with smaller timestep.

```
dHe_div_He_hard_limit = 1d99
```

Limit on magnitude of decrease in any cell helium abundance during a single timestep.
dHe3 here is `abs(xa(he4,k) - xa_old(he3,k))`

for any cell k.
Considers all cells except where have convective mixing.

### dHe3_limit¶

If max dHe3 is greater than this, reduce the next timestep by `dHe3_limit/max_dHe3`

.

```
dHe3_limit = 1d99
```

### dHe3_hard_limit¶

If max dHe3 is greater than this, retry with smaller timestep.

```
dHe3_hard_limit = 1d99
```

### dHe3_decreases_only¶

If true, then only consider decreases in abundance.
`dHe3_decreases_only`

applies to `dHe3_div_He3`

also.

```
dHe3_decreases_only = .true.
```

Limit on magnitude of relative decrease in any cell helium abundance.
`dHe3_div_He3`

here is `abs(xa(he3,k) - xa_old(he3,k))/xa(he3,k)`

.
Considers all cells except where have convective mixing.

### dHe3_div_He3_limit_min_He3¶

`dHe3_div_He3`

limits only apply where xa(he3,k) >= this limit.

```
dHe3_div_He3_limit_min_He3 = 1d99
```

### dHe3_div_He3_limit¶

if max `dHe3_div_He3`

is greater than this, reduce the next timestep by `dHe3_limit/max_dHe3`

.

```
dHe3_div_He3_limit = 1d99
```

### dHe3_div_He3_hard_limit¶

If max `dHe3_div_He3`

is greater than this, retry with smaller timestep.

```
dHe3_div_He3_hard_limit = 1d99
```

Limit on magnitude of decrease in any cell nonH, nonHe abundance.
dX here is `abs(xa(j,k) - xa_old(j,k))`

for any cell k and any species j other except hydrogen or helium.
Considers all cells except where have convective mixing.

### dX_limit¶

If max dX is greater than this,
reduce the next timestep by `dX_limit`

/`max_dX`

.

```
dX_limit = 1d99
```

### dX_decreases_only¶

If true, then only consider decreases in abundance.
`dX_decreases_only`

applies to `dX_div_X`

also.

```
dX_decreases_only = .true.
```

Limit on magnitude of relative decrease in any cell nonH, nonHe abundance.
`dX_div_X`

here is abs(xa(j,k) - xa_old(j,k))/xa(j,k)
for any cell k and any species j other except hydrogen or helium.
Considers all cells except where have convective mixing.

### dX_div_X_limit_min_X¶

`dX_div_X`

limits only apply where xa(j,k) >= this limit.

```
dX_div_X_limit_min_X = 1d99
```

### dX_div_X_limit¶

If max `dX_div_X`

is greater than this,
reduce the next timestep by `dX_limit/max_dX`

.

```
dX_div_X_limit = 1d99
```

### dX_div_X_hard_limit¶

If max `dX_div_X`

is greater than this, retry with smaller timestep.

```
dX_div_X_hard_limit = 1d99
```

### dX_div_X_at_high_T_limit¶

### dX_div_X_at_high_T_hard_limit¶

### dX_div_X_at_high_T_limit_lgT_min¶

```
dX_div_X_at_high_T_limit = 1d99
dX_div_X_at_high_T_hard_limit = 1d99
dX_div_X_at_high_T_limit_lgT_min = 1d99
```

Limits on max drop in abundance mass fraction from burning with possible mixing inflow. This considers both nuclear reactions and offsetting effect of mixing inflow.

### dX_nuc_drop_min_X_limit¶

`dX_nuc_drop_limit`

only for `X > dX_nuc_drop_min_X_limit`

.
note that this is the abundance ot the species, not the H1 abundance for the cell.
i.e., if species abundance is below this limit, then ignore it for the dX_nuc_drop limit.

```
dX_nuc_drop_min_X_limit = 1d-4
```

### dX_nuc_drop_max_A_limit¶

`dX_nuc_drop_limit`

only for species with `A <= dX_nuc_drop_max_A_limit`

.

```
dX_nuc_drop_max_A_limit = 52
```

### dX_nuc_drop_limit_at_high_T¶

Negative means use value for `dX_nuc_drop_limit`

,
else use this limit when max logT > 9.45.

```
dX_nuc_drop_limit_at_high_T = -1
```

### dX_nuc_drop_limit¶

If max `dX_nuc_drop`

is greater than `dX_nuc_drop_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `dX_nuc_drop_limit`

/`max_dX_nuc_drop`

.

```
dX_nuc_drop_limit = 5d-2
```

### dX_nuc_drop_hard_limit¶

If max `dX_nuc_drop`

is greater than `dX_nuc_drop_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
dX_nuc_drop_hard_limit = 1d99
```

### dX_nuc_drop_min_yrs_for_dt¶

Don’t let `dX_nuc_drop`

change dt to smaller than this.

```
dX_nuc_drop_min_yrs_for_dt = 1d-9
```

#### limits based on relative changes in variables L, P, Rho, T, R, eps_nuc¶

limit on magnitude of relative change in L at any grid point

```
dL_div_L = abs(L(k) - L_old(k))/L(k)
```

### dL_div_L_limit¶

If max abs `dL_div_L`

is greater than this, reduce the next timestep.

```
dL_div_L_limit = -1
```

### dL_div_L_hard_limit¶

If max abs `dL_div_L`

is greater than this, retry with smaller timestep.

```
dL_div_L_hard_limit = -1
```

### dL_div_L_limit_min_L¶

In Lsun units.
`dL_div_L`

limits only apply where `L(k) >= Lsun*dL_limit_min_L`

```
dL_div_L_limit_min_L = 1d99
```

### delta_lgP_limit¶

Limit for magnitude of max change in log10 total pressure in any cell.

```
delta_lgP_limit = 1
```

### delta_lgP_hard_limit¶

If max `delta_lgP`

is greater than `delta_lgP_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lgP_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_lgP_limit_min_lgP¶

`delta_lgP_limit`

limits only apply where `log10_P(k) >= delta_lgP_limit_min_lgP`

```
delta_lgP_limit_min_lgP = 1d99
```

### delta_lgRho_limit¶

Limit for magnitude of max change in log10 density in any cell.

```
delta_lgRho_limit = 1
```

### delta_lgRho_hard_limit = -1¶

If max `delta_lgRho`

is greater than `delta_lgRho_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lgRho_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_lgRho_limit_min_lgRho¶

`delta_lgRho_limit`

limits only apply where `log10_Rho(k) >= delta_lgRho_limit_min_lgRho`

.

```
delta_lgRho_limit_min_lgRho = 1d99
```

### delta_lgT_limit¶

Limit for magnitude of max change in log10 temperature in any cell.

```
delta_lgT_limit = 0.5d0
```

### delta_lgT_hard_limit¶

If max `delta_lgT`

is greater than `delta_lgT_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lgT_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_lgT_limit_min_lgT¶

`delta_lgT_limit`

limits only apply where `log10_T(k) >= delta_lgT_limit_min_lgT`

.

```
delta_lgT_limit_min_lgT = 1d99
```

### delta_lgE_limit¶

Limit for magnitude of max change in log10 internal energy in any cell.

```
delta_lgE_limit = 0.1d0
```

### delta_lgE_hard_limit¶

If max `delta_lgE`

is greater than `delta_lgE_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lgE_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_lgE_limit_min_lgE¶

`delta_lgE_limit`

limits only apply where `log10(E(k)) >= delta_lgE_limit_min_lgE`

.

```
delta_lgE_limit_min_lgE = 1d99
```

### delta_lgR_limit¶

Limit for magnitude of max change in log10 radius at any cell boundary.

```
delta_lgR_limit = 0.5d0
```

### delta_lgR_hard_limit¶

If max `delta_lgR`

is greater than `delta_lgR_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lgR_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_lgR_limit_min_lgR¶

`delta_lgR_limit`

limits only apply where `log10_R(k) >= delta_lgR_limit_min_lgR`

.

```
delta_lgR_limit_min_lgR = 1d99
```

### delta_Ye_highT_limit¶

Limit for magnitude of max change in Ye in high T cells.

```
delta_Ye_highT_limit = 99
```

Limit testing for max `delta_ye`

to cells with `T >= minT_for_highT_Ye_limit`

If this high T max `delta_Ye`

is greater than `delta_Ye_highT_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_Ye_highT_limit`

/`max_delta_Ye`

.

```
delta_Ye_highT_hard_limit = -1
```

### minT_for_highT_Ye_limit¶

Limit testing for max `delta_ye`

to cells with `T >= minT_for_highT_Ye_limit`

.
If this high T max `delta_Ye`

is greater than `delta_Ye_highT_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
minT_for_highT_Ye_limit = 7d9
```

### delta_log_eps_nuc_limit¶

Limit for magnitude of max change in log10 `eps_nuc`

in any cell.
Only applies to increases in non-convective zones.

```
delta_log_eps_nuc_limit = -1
```

### delta_log_eps_nuc_hard_limit¶

If max `delta_log_eps_nuc`

is greater than `delta_log_eps_nuc_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_log_eps_nuc_hard_limit = -1
```

#### limits based on integrated power at each point for each category of nuclear reaction¶

`lgL_nuc_cat`

= nuclear reaction energy release for a particular category of reaction (Lsun units).
Energy release here excludes neutrinos.

### delta_lgL_nuc_cat_limit¶

Limit for magnitude of change in `lgL_nuc`

for category.

```
delta_lgL_nuc_cat_limit = -1
```

### delta_lgL_nuc_cat_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lgL_nuc_cat_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lgL_nuc_cat_hard_limit = -1
```

### lgL_nuc_cat_burn_min¶

Ignore changes in `lgL_nuc`

for category if value is less than this.

```
lgL_nuc_cat_burn_min = -1
```

### lgL_nuc_mix_dist_limit¶

Ignore if nearest boundary is closer than this. Ignore changes in lgL in cells near mixing boundaries.

```
lgL_nuc_mix_dist_limit = 1d-6
```

`L_H_burn`

= integrated power at surface from PP and CNO (in Lsun units)

values for `lgL_H`

are `log10(max(1, L_H_burn))`

### delta_lgL_H_hard_limit¶

if max delta is greater than `delta_lgL_H_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep

```
delta_lgL_H_hard_limit = -1
```

### lgL_H_burn_relative_limit¶

ignore changes in `lgL_H`

if `max(lgL_He,lgL_z) - lgL_H > this`

```
lgL_H_burn_relative_limit = 3
```

`L_He_burn`

= integrated power at surface from triple alpha (in Lsun units)

values for `lgL_He`

are `log10(max(1, L_He_burn))`

### delta_lgL_He_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lgL_He_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lgL_He_hard_limit = -1
```

### lgL_He_burn_relative_limit¶

Ignore changes in `lgL_He`

if `max(lgL_H,lgL_z) - lgL_He > this`

.

```
lgL_He_burn_relative_limit = 3
```

`L_z_burn`

= integrated power at surface from nuclear burning other than H, He, or C (in Lsun units)
excluding photodistintegrations

values for `lgL_z`

are `log10(max(1, L_z_burn))`

### delta_lgL_z_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lgL_z_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lgL_z_hard_limit = -1
```

### lgL_z_burn_relative_limit¶

Ignore changes in `lgL_z`

if `max(lgL_H,lgL_He) - lgL_z > this`

.

```
lgL_z_burn_relative_limit = 3
```

#### limits based on total integrated power at surface for all nuclear reactions¶

excluding photodistintegrations

`L_nuc`

= nuclear reaction total energy release for all nuclear reactions (Lsun units)

### delta_lgL_nuc_limit¶

### delta_lgL_nuc_hard_limit¶

### delta_lgL_nuc_at_high_T_limit¶

### delta_lgL_nuc_at_high_T_hard_limit¶

### delta_lgL_nuc_at_high_T_limit_lgT_min¶

### max_lgT_for_lgL_nuc_limit¶

When `L_nuc`

is dropping, multiply limits by `lgL_nuc_drop_factor`

.

ignore changes in `lgL_nuc`

if max logT > `max_lgT_for_lgL_nuc_limit`

.

limit for magnitude of change in `lgL_nuc`

retry if max delta is greater than `delta_lgL_nuc_hard_limit`

,
ignore changes in `lgL_nuc`

if value is less than `lgL_nuc_burn_min`

- if max logT is >
`delta_lgL_nuc_at_high_T_limit_lgT_min`

then - use
`delta_lgL_nuc_at_high_T_limit`

and`delta_lgL_nuc_at_high_T_hard_limit`

- else
- use
`delta_lgL_nuc_limit`

and`delta_lgL_nuc_hard_limit`

at extreme temperatures, can have numerical jitters in this as a result of almost cancelling large positive and negative contributions of forward and reverse rates such as photodisintegration and rebuilding of he4 so if doing advanced burning, may want to turn off lgL_nuc limits above some max logT and turn on lgL_power_photo limits at a somewhat smaller max logT.

```
delta_lgL_nuc_limit = -1
delta_lgL_nuc_hard_limit = -1
```

```
delta_lgL_nuc_at_high_T_limit = -1
delta_lgL_nuc_at_high_T_hard_limit = -1
delta_lgL_nuc_at_high_T_limit_lgT_min = 1d99
```

```
max_lgT_for_lgL_nuc_limit = 1d99
lgL_nuc_burn_min = 0.5d0
lgL_nuc_drop_factor = 10
```

#### limits based on total integrated power at surface for photodistintegrations¶

`L_photo`

= nuclear reaction total energy release for all photodistintegrations (Lsun units)
note that photodistintegrations consume energy so the total released is negative.
photodisintegrations become large during late burning at high temperatures.
values for `lgL_photo`

are based on `L_by_category(iphoto)`

### delta_lgL_power_photo_limit¶

### delta_lgL_power_photo_hard_limit¶

### min_lgT_for_lgL_power_photo_limit¶

### lgL_power_photo_burn_min¶

### lgL_power_photo_drop_factor¶

Limit for magnitude of change in `lgL_photo`

.
If max delta is greater than `delta_lgL_power_photo_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.
ignore delta_lgL_power_photo_limit when max logT < `min_lgT_for_lgL_power_photo_limit`

.
Ignore changes in `lgL_photo`

if value is less than `lgL_power_photo_burn_min`

.
When `L_photo`

is dropping, multiply limits by `lgL_power_photo_drop_factor`

.

```
delta_lgL_power_photo_limit = -1
delta_lgL_power_photo_hard_limit = -1
min_lgT_for_lgL_power_photo_limit = 9d0
lgL_power_photo_burn_min = 10d0
lgL_power_photo_drop_factor = 10
```

limits based on changes at photosphere

### delta_lgTeff_limit¶

### delta_lgTeff_hard_limit¶

Limit for magnitude of max change in log10 temperature at photosphere.

```
delta_lgTeff_limit = 0.01d0
delta_lgTeff_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_lgL_limit_L_min¶

### delta_lgL_limit¶

### delta_lgL_hard_limit¶

Limit for magnitude of change in log10(L_surf/Lsun).
Only apply this limit when `L_surf`

>= `delta_lgL_limit_L_min`

(in Lsun units).

```
delta_lgL_limit_L_min = -100
delta_lgL_limit = 0.1d0
delta_lgL_hard_limit = -1
```

### dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit¶

### dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_hard_limit¶

limit for dt compared to explicit solver timescale (negative means no limit)

```
min_dr_div_cs = min over all cells of dr/csound (seconds)
```

```
dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit = -1
dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_hard_limit = -1
```

### dt_div_dt_cell_collapse_limit¶

### dt_div_dt_cell_collapse_hard_limit¶

limit for dt compared to cell_collapse timescale (negative means no limit)

```
dt_cell_collapse = min over shells k that have v(k+1) > v(k) of
(r(k)-r(k+1))/(v(k+1)-v(k)), the time for the cell to collapse
to zero thickness at current velocities. only for v_flag true.
```

```
dt_div_dt_cell_collapse_limit = -1
dt_div_dt_cell_collapse_hard_limit = -1
```

### min_k_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit¶

### min_q_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit¶

### max_q_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit¶

### check_remnant_only_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit¶

```
min_k_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit = 20
min_q_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit = 0.005d0
max_q_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit = 0.995d0
check_remnant_only_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit = .false.
```

### min_abs_du_div_cs_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit¶

### min_abs_u_div_cs_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit¶

only use `dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit`

at cells where
`abs_du_div_cs`

> `min_abs_du_div_cs_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit`

and
and
`abs_u_div_cs`

> `min_abs_u_div_cs_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit`

allow focus on regions near shock face.

```
min_abs_u_div_cs_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit = 0.8d0
min_abs_du_div_cs_for_dt_div_min_dr_div_cs_limit = 0.01d0
```

limits based on changes in location on HR diagram

### delta_HR_ds_L¶

### delta_HR_ds_Teff¶

```
dlgL = log10(L/L_prev)
dlgTeff = log10(Teff/Teff_prev)
```

```
delta_HR_ds_L = 1
delta_HR_ds_Teff = 1
```

### delta_HR_limit¶

### delta_HR_hard_limit¶

limit for dHR (negative means no limit)

```
dHR = sqrt((delta_HR_ds_L*dlgL)**2 + (delta_HR_ds_Teff*dlgTeff)**2)
```

```
delta_HR_limit = -1
delta_HR_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_lgT_max_limit¶

### delta_lgT_max_hard_limit¶

### delta_lgT_max_limit_lgT_min¶

### delta_lgT_max_at_high_T_limit¶

### delta_lgT_max_at_high_T_hard_limit¶

### delta_lgT_max_at_high_T_limit_lgT_min¶

### delta_lgT_max_limit_only_after_near_zams¶

limit for magnitude of change in max over all cells of log10 T
this is for off center flashes in degenerate material (e.g., He or Ne)
Only apply this limit when `lgT_max`

>= `delta_lgT_max_limit_lgT_min`

.

similarly, use `at_high_T`

limits only
when `lgT_max`

>= `delta_lgT_max_at_high_T_limit_lgT_min`

.
this can be useful since higher order temperature sensitivity of rates at high T
may require smaller limits for changes.

```
delta_lgT_max_limit = -1
delta_lgT_max_hard_limit = -1
delta_lgT_max_limit_lgT_min = 9d0
```

```
delta_lgT_max_at_high_T_limit = -1
delta_lgT_max_at_high_T_hard_limit = -1
delta_lgT_max_at_high_T_limit_lgT_min = -1
```

```
delta_lgT_max_limit_only_after_near_zams = .false.
```

limits based on changes at center

### delta_lgT_cntr_limit¶

### delta_lgT_cntr_hard_limit¶

### delta_lgT_cntr_limit_only_after_near_zams¶

limit for magnitude of change in log10 temperature at center

```
delta_lgT_cntr_limit = 0.01d0
delta_lgT_cntr_hard_limit = -1
delta_lgT_cntr_limit_only_after_near_zams = .true.
```

### delta_lgP_cntr_limit¶

### delta_lgP_cntr_hard_limit¶

limit for magnitude of change in log10 pressure at center

```
delta_lgP_cntr_limit = -1
delta_lgP_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_lgRho_cntr_limit¶

### delta_lgRho_cntr_hard_limit¶

limit for magnitude of change in log10 density at center

```
delta_lgRho_cntr_limit = 0.05d0
delta_lgRho_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

`dX_div_X_cntr`

is max(abs(xa(j,nz)-xa_old(j,nz))/xa(j,nz)) for any species j
Small timesteps as the center carbon is exhausted.

### delta_dX_div_X_cntr_min¶

Ignore changes in `dX_div_X_cntr`

if value is less than this.

```
delta_dX_div_X_cntr_min = -5
```

### delta_dX_div_X_cntr_max¶

Ignore changes in `dX_div_X_cntr`

if value is more than this.

```
delta_dX_div_X_cntr_max = 0
```

### delta_dX_div_X_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_dX_div_X_cntr_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_dX_div_X_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_dX_div_X_cntr_limit = 0.1d0
```

### delta_dX_div_X_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_dX_div_X_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_dX_div_X_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

`lg_XH_cntr`

is log10(h1 mass fraction at center).
Small timesteps as the center hydrogen is exhausted.

### delta_lg_XH_cntr_min¶

Ignore changes in `lg_XH_cntr`

if value is less than this.

```
delta_lg_XH_cntr_min = -6
```

### delta_lg_XH_cntr_max¶

Ignore changes in `lg_XH_cntr`

if value is more than this.

```
delta_lg_XH_cntr_max = 0
```

### delta_lg_XH_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than this,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_lg_XH_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_lg_XH_cntr_limit = 0.05d0
```

### delta_lg_XH_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lg_XH_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lg_XH_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

`lg_XHe_cntr`

is log10(he4 mass fraction at center)
small timesteps as the center helium is exhausted.

### delta_lg_XHe_cntr_min¶

Ignore changes in `lg_XHe_cntr`

if value is less than this.

```
delta_lg_XHe_cntr_min = -6
```

### delta_lg_XHe_cntr_max¶

Ignore changes in `lg_XHe_cntr`

if value is more than this.

```
delta_lg_XHe_cntr_max = 0
```

### delta_lg_XHe_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lg_XHe_cntr_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_lg_XHe_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_lg_XHe_cntr_limit = 0.1d0
```

### delta_lg_XHe_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lg_XHe_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lg_XHe_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

`lg_XC_cntr`

is log10(c12 mass fraction at center).
Small timesteps as the center carbon is exhausted.

### delta_lg_XC_cntr_min¶

Ignore changes in `lg_XC_cntr`

if value is less than this.

```
delta_lg_XC_cntr_min = -5
```

### delta_lg_XC_cntr_max¶

Ignore changes in `lg_XC_cntr`

if value is more than this.

```
delta_lg_XC_cntr_max = 0
```

### delta_lg_XC_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lg_XC_cntr_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_lg_XC_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_lg_XC_cntr_limit = 0.1d0
```

### delta_lg_XC_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lg_XC_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lg_XC_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

`lg_XO_cntr`

is log10(o16 mass fraction at center)
Small timesteps as the center oxygen is exhausted.

### delta_lg_XNe_cntr_min¶

Ignore changes in `lg_XNe_cntr`

if value is less than this.

```
delta_lg_XNe_cntr_min = -5
```

### delta_lg_XNe_cntr_max¶

Ignore changes in `lg_XNe_cntr`

if value is more than this.

```
delta_lg_XNe_cntr_max = 0
```

### delta_lg_XNe_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lg_XNe_cntr_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_lg_XNe_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_lg_XNe_cntr_limit = 1d99
```

### delta_lg_XNe_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lg_XNe_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lg_XNe_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_lg_XO_cntr_min¶

Ignore changes in `lg_XO_cntr`

if value is less than this.

```
delta_lg_XO_cntr_min = -5
```

### delta_lg_XO_cntr_max¶

Ignore changes in `lg_XO_cntr`

if value is more than this.

```
delta_lg_XO_cntr_max = 0
```

### delta_lg_XO_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lg_XO_cntr_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_lg_XO_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_lg_XO_cntr_limit = 1d99
```

### delta_lg_XO_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lg_XO_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lg_XO_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_lg_XSi_cntr_min¶

Ignore changes in `lg_XSi_cntr`

if value is less than this.

```
delta_lg_XSi_cntr_min = -5
```

### delta_lg_XSi_cntr_max¶

Ignore changes in `lg_XSi_cntr`

if value is more than this.

```
delta_lg_XSi_cntr_max = 0
```

### delta_lg_XSi_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lg_XSi_cntr_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_lg_XSi_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_lg_XSi_cntr_limit = 1d99
```

### delta_lg_XSi_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_lg_XSi_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_lg_XSi_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_XH_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than this,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_XH_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_XH_cntr_limit = 0.01d0
```

### delta_XH_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_XH_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_XH_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_XHe_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_XHe_cntr_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_XHe_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_XHe_cntr_limit = 0.01d0
```

### delta_XHe_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_XHe_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_XHe_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_XC_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_XC_cntr_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_XC_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_XC_cntr_limit = 0.01d0
```

### delta_XC_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_XC_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_XC_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_XNe_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_XNe_cntr_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_XNe_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_XNe_cntr_limit = 0.01d0
```

### delta_XNe_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_XNe_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_XNe_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_XO_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_XO_cntr_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_XO_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_XO_cntr_limit = 0.01d0
```

### delta_XO_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_XO_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_XO_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_XSi_cntr_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_XSi_cntr_limit`

,
reduce the next timestep by `delta_XSi_cntr_limit`

/`max_delta`

.

```
delta_XSi_cntr_limit = 0.01d0
```

### delta_XSi_cntr_hard_limit¶

If max delta is greater than `delta_XSi_cntr_hard_limit`

,
retry with smaller timestep.

```
delta_XSi_cntr_hard_limit = -1
```

### delta_dX_div_X_drop_only¶

### delta_lg_XH_drop_only¶

### delta_lg_XHe_drop_only¶

### delta_lg_XC_drop_only¶

### delta_lg_XNe_drop_only¶

### delta_lg_XO_drop_only¶

### delta_lg_XSi_drop_only¶

### delta_XH_drop_only¶

### delta_XHe_drop_only¶

### delta_XC_drop_only¶

### delta_XNe_drop_only¶

### delta_XO_drop_only¶

### delta_XSi_drop_only¶

If true, then only limit drops in abundance.

```
delta_dX_div_X_drop_only = .false.
delta_lg_XH_drop_only = .false.
delta_lg_XHe_drop_only = .false.
delta_lg_XC_drop_only = .false.
delta_lg_XNe_drop_only = .false.
delta_lg_XO_drop_only = .false.
delta_lg_XSi_drop_only = .false.
delta_XH_drop_only = .false.
delta_XHe_drop_only = .false.
delta_XC_drop_only = .false.
delta_XNe_drop_only = .false.
delta_XO_drop_only = .false.
delta_XSi_drop_only = .false.
```

#### limits based on changes in mass of the star¶

### delta_lg_star_mass_limit¶

### delta_lg_star_mass_hard_limit¶

Limit for magnitude of change in log10(M/Msun).

```
delta_lg_star_mass_limit = 5d-3
delta_lg_star_mass_hard_limit = -1
```

limit for change in mdot in Msun/yr
+ `delta_mdot_atol`

tolerance for absolute changes
+ `delta_mdot_rtol`

tolerance for relative changes

```
delta_mdot_atol = 1d-3
delta_mdot_rtol = 0.5d0
```

### delta_mdot_limit¶

### delta_mdot_hard_limit¶

```
delta_mot = abs(mdot - mdot_old)/ (delta_mdot_atol*Msun/secyer + &
delta_mdot_rtol*max(abs(mdot),abs(mdot_old)))
```

ignore if < 0

```
delta_mdot_limit = -1
delta_mdot_hard_limit = -1
```

### adjust_J_q_limit¶

### adjust_J_q_hard_limit¶

limit for mass coordinate down to which angular momentum is adjusted when using do_adjust_J_lost

```
adjust_J_q_limit = 0.99
adjust_J_q_hard_limit = 0.98
```

### limit_for_rel_error_in_energy_conservation¶

### hard_limit_for_rel_error_in_energy_conservation¶

```
rel_error_in_energy_conservation = abs(error_in_energy_conservation/total_energy)
```

```
limit_for_rel_error_in_energy_conservation = 1d-4
hard_limit_for_rel_error_in_energy_conservation = 1d-3
```

### report_min_dr_div_cs¶

If true, produce terminal output about minimum of cell dr/cs

```
report_min_dr_div_cs = .false.
```

### report_dt_hard_limit_retries¶

If true, produce terminal output about choice of timestep.

```
report_dt_hard_limit_retries = .false.
```

### report_solver_dt_info¶

If true, produce terminal output about choice of timestep based on `varcontrol_target`

.

```
report_solver_dt_info = .false.
```

## debugging controls¶

### report_solver_progress¶

Set true to see info about solver iterations.

```
report_solver_progress = .false.
```

### report_bad_negative_xa¶

If true, produce terminal output when have bad negative mass fraction error.

```
report_bad_negative_xa = .false.
```

### stop_for_bad_nums¶

If true and report_ierr is also true, then stop for bad numbers (NaNs or infinity). this replaces old control stop_for_NaNs

```
stop_for_bad_nums = .false.
```

### show_mesh_changes¶

When `show_mesh_changes`

is true, the terminal output includes the `mesh_call_number`

.

```
show_mesh_changes = .false.
```

### trace_evolve¶

Send evolve output to screen.

```
trace_evolve = .false.
```

variety of output from the solver

```
solver_numerical_jacobian = .false.
solver_jacobian_nzlo = 1
solver_jacobian_nzhi = -1
solver_check_everything = .false.
solver_inspect_soln_flag = .false.
solver_test_partials_dx_0 = -1d0
solver_test_partials_k = -1
solver_test_partials_k_low = -1
solver_test_partials_k_high = -1
solver_test_eos_partials = .false.
solver_test_kap_partials = .false.
solver_test_net_partials = .false.
solver_test_atm_partials = .false.
solver_test_partials_var_name = ''
solver_test_partials_sink_name = ''
solver_test_partials_equ_name = ''
solver_test_partials_show_dx_var_name = ''
solver_show_correction_info = .false.
solver_test_partials_call_number = -1
solver_test_partials_iter_number = -1
solver_test_partials_write_eos_call_info = .false.
solver_epsder_struct = 1d-5
solver_epsder_chem = 1d-5
energy_conservation_dump_model_number = -1
```

### solver_save_photo_call_number¶

Saves a photo when solver_call_number = solver_save_photo_call_number - 1

```
solver_save_photo_call_number = -1
```

### fill_arrays_with_NaNs¶

initialize arrays with NaNs to trap reads of uninitialized entries.

```
fill_arrays_with_NaNs = .false.
```

## miscellaneous controls¶

### warn_rates_for_high_temp¶

If true then when any zone tries to evaluate a rate above `max_safe_logT_for_rates`

it generates a warning message. The code will cap the rate at the value
for `max_safe_logT_for_rates`

whether the warning is on or not.
10d0 is a sensible default for the max temperature, as that is where the partition tables
and polynomial fits to the rates are valid until.
warning messages include the text “rates have been truncated” and “WARNING: evaluating rates”.

```
warn_rates_for_high_temp = .true.
max_safe_logT_for_rates = 10d0
```

### warn_when_large_rel_run_E_err¶

message includes the text “WARNING: rel_run_E_err”

rel_run_E_err = abs(cumulative_energy_error/total_energy) you can turn off this warning message by setting this to a large number.

```
warn_when_large_rel_run_E_err = 0.01d0
```

### warn_when_stop_checking_residuals obsolete¶

### warning_limit_for_max_residual¶

message includes the text “WARNING: max_residual > warning_limit_for_max_residual”

```
warning_limit_for_max_residual = 1d0
```

### warn_when_large_virial_thm_rel_err¶

message includes the text “WARNING: virial_thm_rel_err” only applies to models with no velocities, rotation, or mass change.

```
warn_when_large_virial_thm_rel_err = 1d-2
```

### warn_when_get_a_bad_eos_result¶

message includes the text “WARNING eos:”

```
warn_when_get_a_bad_eos_result = .true.
```

### relax_dlnZ¶

Change lnZ by this amount per step when relaxing Z. Default is ln10/10.

```
relax_dlnZ = 2.3025850929940459d-1
```

### eps_mdot_leak_frac_factor¶

```
eps_mdot_leak_frac_factor = 1d0
```

### zams_filename¶

Default is for Z=0.02, Y=0.28.

```
zams_filename = 'zams_z2m2_y28.data'
```

```
set_rho_to_dm_div_dV = .true.
```

### steps_before_start_stress_test¶

### stress_test_relax¶

```
steps_before_start_stress_test = 0
stress_test_relax = .false.
```

### use_other_{hook}¶

Logicals to deploy the use_other routines.

```
use_other_kap = .false.
use_other_diffusion = .false.
use_other_mlt_results = .false.
```

```
use_other_adjust_mdot = .false.
use_other_j_for_adjust_J_lost = .false.
use_other_alpha_mlt = .false.
use_other_am_mixing = .false.
use_other_brunt = .false.
use_other_brunt_smoothing = .false.
use_other_build_initial_model = .false.
use_other_cgrav = .false.
use_other_mesh_delta_coeff_factor = .false.
```

```
use_other_energy_implicit = .false.
use_other_energy = .false.
use_other_pressure = .false.
use_other_momentum_implicit = .false.
use_other_momentum = .false.
use_other_eps_grav = .false.
use_other_mesh_functions = .false.
use_other_D_mix = .false.
```

```
use_other_neu = .false.
use_other_net_get = .false.
use_other_solver_monitor = .false.
use_other_opacity_factor = .false.
use_other_diffusion_factor = .false.
use_other_diffusion_coefficients = .false.
use_other_pgstar_plots = .false.
use_other_gradr_factor = .false.
use_other_eval_fp_ft = .false.
use_other_torque = .false.
use_other_screening = .false.
```

```
use_other_torque_implicit = .false.
use_other_wind = .false.
use_other_after_struct_burn_mix = .false.
use_other_before_struct_burn_mix = .false.
use_other_surface_PT = .false.
use_other_remove_surface = .false.
use_other_set_pgstar_controls = .false.
use_other_accreting_state = .false.
use_other_eval_i_rot = .false.
```

```
use_other_export_pulse_data = .false.
use_other_get_pulse_data = .false.
use_other_edit_pulse_data = .false.
```

```
use_other_astero_freq_corr = .false.
```

```
use_other_timestep_limit = .false.
```

#### mixing diffusion coeffs¶

### sig_term_limit¶

Limit on coefficients in convective mixing equations. Consider a diffusion eqn of form:

```
x(k) - x0(k) = c1*(x(k-1) - x(k)) - c2*(x(k) - x(k+1))
```

Simplify for c1=c2=c, x(k-1)=x(k+1)=x0(k)=x0, x(k)=x0+dx Then eqn becomes

```
(1+2*c)*(x0+dx) - 2*c*x0 = x0
```

If `2*c >> 1`

, then eqn becomes ill-conditioned,
so we enforce `c <= sig_term_limit`

In physical terms c is `dt*sig/dm`

, where
`sig = (4 pi r^2 rho)^2*D`

and D = diffusion coeff (cm^2/s),
so c can get large when dt/dm is large.

```
sig_term_limit = 1d13
```

### am_sig_term_limit¶

Limit on coefficients in angular momentum transport equations.
Necessary for numerical stability.
Plays same role as `sig_term_limit`

for material mixing.

```
am_sig_term_limit = 1d13
```

### sig_min_factor_for_high_Tcenter¶

High center T limit to avoid negative mass fractions.
If Tcenter >= `Tcenter_min_for_sig_min_factor_full_on`

,
then okay to reduce sig by as much as this factor
as needed to prevent causing negative abundances.
Inactive when >= 1d0.

```
sig_min_factor_for_high_Tcenter = 0.01d0
```

### Tcenter_min_for_sig_min_factor_full_on¶

If Tcenter >= this, factor = `sig_min_factor_for_neg_abundances`

,
this should be > `Tcenter_max_for_sig_min_factor_full_off`

.

```
Tcenter_min_for_sig_min_factor_full_on = 3.2d9
```

### Tcenter_max_for_sig_min_factor_full_off¶

If Tcenter <= this, factor = 1, so has no effect
this should be < `Tcenter_min_for_sig_min_factor_full_on`

.
For T > `full_off`

and < `full_on`

, factor changes linearly with Tcenter.

```
Tcenter_max_for_sig_min_factor_full_off = 2.8d9
```

### max_delta_m_to_bdy_for_sig_min_factor¶

sig_min factor goes to 1 as distance (in Msun units) from boundary of mixing region reaches this value

```
max_delta_m_to_bdy_for_sig_min_factor = 0.5d0
```

### delta_m_upper_for_sig_min_factor¶

okay to change sig min factor to 1 for mix region larger than this

```
delta_m_upper_for_sig_min_factor = 0.3d0
```

### delta_m_lower_for_sig_min_factor¶

don’t change sig min factor for mix region smaller than this

```
delta_m_lower_for_sig_min_factor = 0.1d0
```

extra params as a convenience for developing new features
note: the parameter `num_x_ctrls`

is defined in `star_def.inc`

```
x_ctrl(1:num_x_ctrls) = 0d0
x_integer_ctrl(1:num_x_ctrls) = 0
x_logical_ctrl(1:num_x_ctrls) = .false.
x_character_ctrl(1:num_x_ctrls) = ''
```

One can split controls inlist into pieces using the following parameters. BTW: it works recursively, so the extras can read extras too.

### read_extra_controls_inlist1¶

### extra_controls_inlist1_name¶

If `read_extra_controls_inlist1`

is true, then read &controls from this namelist file.

```
read_extra_controls_inlist1 = .false.
extra_controls_inlist1_name = 'undefined'
```

### read_extra_controls_inlist2¶

### extra_controls_inlist2_name¶

If `read_extra_controls_inlist2`

is true, then read &controls from this namelist file.

```
read_extra_controls_inlist2 = .false.
extra_controls_inlist2_name = 'undefined'
```

### read_extra_controls_inlist3¶

### extra_controls_inlist3_name¶

If `read_extra_controls_inlist3`

is true, then read &controls from this namelist file.

```
read_extra_controls_inlist3 = .false.
extra_controls_inlist3_name = 'undefined'
```

### read_extra_controls_inlist4¶

### extra_controls_inlist4_name¶

If `read_extra_controls_inlist4`

is true, then read &controls from this namelist file.

```
read_extra_controls_inlist4 = .false.
extra_controls_inlist4_name = 'undefined'
```

### read_extra_controls_inlist5¶

### extra_controls_inlist5_name¶

If `read_extra_controls_inlist5`

is true, then read &controls from this namelist file.

```
read_extra_controls_inlist5 = .false.
extra_controls_inlist5_name = 'undefined'
```

### save_controls_namelist¶

dumps all values for &controls namelist to file

```
save_controls_namelist = .false.
```