MESA Summer School

August 13 - 17, 2012, UC Santa Barbara



The 2012 MESA Summer School is aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are interested in using, developing, and sharing their research experiences with MESA. Interested faculty should contact one of the School Directors. Themes for the 2012 MESA Summer School include pulsation, rotation, and asteroseismology as shown in the tentative Agenda. Enrollment will be limited to no more than 44 participants. Registration closes February 1, 2012, and we will notify Participants no later then March 1, 2012.

Stars are the fundamental building blocks of our universe. They are the most common object we observe, either individually or collectively as a distant galaxy, and still surprise us with their unusually broad range of outcomes. Advances in detector technology, computer processing power, and data storage are enabling surveys that probe ever-larger areas of the sky and ever-fainter sources. This is driving a new demand for a reliable and publicly available research and education tool in computational stellar astrophysics that will reap the full scientific benefits of these discoveries while also creating a collaborative environment where theory, computation, and interpretation can come together to address critical scientific issues.

About five years ago, computational scientist Dr. Bill Paxton began to develop MESA (Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics). MESA employs modern numerical approaches and is written with present and future shared-memory, multi-core, multi-thread and possibly hybrid architectures in mind so that performance always scales. MESA star combines the numerical and physics modules for simulations of a wide range of stellar evolution scenarios. MESA is open source: anyone can download the source code, compile it, and run it for their own research or education purposes.