Improving 1D Stellar Models with 3D Atmospheres
Stellar Astrophysics Centre (SAC), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 120, Aarhus C, DK-8000 Denmark
2 Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, Garching, D-85748 Germany
3 Space Science Institute, 4750 Walnut Street, Suite 205, Boulder, CO, 80301 USA
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Published online: 27 October 2017
Stellar evolution codes play a major role in present-day astrophysics, yet they share common issues. In this work we seek to remedy some of those by the use of results from realistic and highly detailed 3D hydrodynamical simulations of stellar atmospheres. We have implemented a new temperature stratification extracted directly from the 3D simulations into the Garching Stellar Evolution Code to replace the simplified atmosphere normally used. Secondly, we have implemented the use of a variable mixing-length parameter, which changes as a function of the stellar surface gravity and temperature – also derived from the 3D simulations. Furthermore, to make our models consistent, we have calculated new opacity tables to match the atmospheric simulations. Here, we present the modified code and initial results on stellar evolution using it.
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