Axion cooling patch to MESA
This webpage contains a patch implementing additional cooling due to
axion-photon coupling in the MESA
stellar evolution code:
These patch is an integral part of the paper. It also answers the MESA Manifesto,
which we strongly support.
The patch is by design minimalistic. It is hoped that in time it can
be implemented in a more systematic fashion in the regular
distribution of MESA.
What can I find on
Download and install
MESA. Note that our simulations were carried out using SVN revision
3794 (2011-12-15). Things in MESA do change from version to version!
To reproduce our results exactly, you may thus need to use
svn co -r 3794 http://mesa.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/mesa/trunk mesa
Next, copy our neu.f
over the standard version in $MESA_DIR/neu/private/.
Run ./mk to build MESA.
Once you built MESA, copy our run.f
into you src work directory. This is
whatever directory you are doing runs from (we assume you followed
the recommended setup for MESA) . For example, for us it can be
something like research/axion/mesa/work/10.5M_to_C0.5/src/run.f
To run, in addition to the standard MESA inlist files, you'll also
need to edit the file inlist_bsm.
All you do there is specify "axion_g10 = (whatever number you
If everything compiles as planned, run and enjoy!
Technical note on
We have used Intel's
ifort compiler for
MacOS X, version 12.1. The patch is expected to also work with
other established FORTRAN compilers that can successfully build
MESA, but this has not been tested by us. Please do let us know your
experience with other compilers, particularly if any
incompatibilities are encountered.
I like this patch. May I
use it in my research?
You may use this code in your research. If you choose to do so, you
will need to cite:
A. Friedland, M. Giannotti, & M. Wise, Constraining the Axion-Photon Coupling with Massive Stars, arXiv:1210.1271 [hep-ph];
B. Paxton et al,
Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics (MESA), ApJS 192, p 3 (2011); arXiv:1009.1622
You also need to adhere to the terms spelled out in the MESA Manifesto.
In particular, any modifications and additions are to be made open
source and given back to the community. Likewise, you need to make available in a timely fashion
(e.g., online at the MESA website) all information needed for
others to recreate your MESA results—“open know how” to match
History of this webpage
This page was creates on October 2, 2012, to accompany the preprint
of this paper posted on arxiv.org.
The arXiv and INSPIRE links were updated on October 5.
Alex Friedland & Maurizio Giannotti