MESA Summer School

August 11 - 15 2014, UC Santa Barbara


The 2014 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. Enrollment is limited and Registration for admission closes April 1, 2014.

The 2014 MESA Summer School will feature MESA oriented material on massive stars, accreting white dwarfs, stellar mixing processes, and more. See the Agenda for additional information.

MESA solves the 1D fully coupled structure and composition equations governing stellar evolution. It is based on an implicit finite difference scheme with adaptive mesh refinement and sophisticated timestep controls; state-of-the-art modules provide equation of state, opacity, nuclear reaction rates, element diffusion, boundary conditions, and changes to the mass of the star. MESA is an open source library that employs contemporary numerical approaches, supports shared memory parallelism based on OpenMP, and is written with present and future multi-core and multi-thread architectures in mind. MESA combines the robust, efficient, thread-safe numerical and physics modules for simulations of a wide range of stellar evolution scenarios ranging from very-low mass to massive stars. Innovations in MESA and its domain of applicability continues to grow, recently extended to include giant planets, oscillations, and rotation. MESA has attracted over 750 registered users and provides portals for the community to openly share knowledge, codes, and publications. The two instrument papers describing MESA can be obtained from this link and this link.