The purpose of this page is to provide links to current MODEST-related
projects, and to act as a informal forum for new ideas and
collaborative projects related to dense stellar systems in general,
and MODEST in particular. All are welcome to contribute.
- MICA, the Meta
Institute for Computational Astrophysics, is a virtual astronomy
institute featuring many MODEST-related activities. Aimed at
harnessing the capabilities of virtual worlds and 3D
collaborative environments (such as Second Life, Qwaq, Sun
Wonderland), it fosters interaction among astrophysicists with
interest in large-scale simulations, including dense stellar
- MUSE, a MUltiscale MUltiphysics
Scientific Environment for simulating dense stellar systems,
hosted by the University of Amsterdam but open to the entire
MODEST community. The main objective of the project is the
development of a modular software environment for modeling dense
stellar systems, allowing packages written in different languages
to interoperate within an integrated software framework. (See
also the MODEST-7b
- The Art of Computational
Science, by Piet Hut (IAS) and Jun Makino (Tokyo University),
is a multi-volume book series aimed at providing a detailed
introduction to simulating dense stellar systems, starting from a
beginning undergraduate level.
- Visit our binary evolution page. Run and
compare the results of the leading binary evolution packages.
- Download EZ, a robust standalone stellar evolution package,
written by Bll Paxton (KITP). The latest version is available on
Bill's web site.
- Fewbody is
a numerical toolkit for simulating small-N gravitational >
dynamics, written by John Fregeau (Northwestern University). It
is particularly suited for performing binary scattering
experiments, and can be freely downloaded from John's web site.
(Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics), written by Bll
- The McScatter
program, written by Douglas McHeggie (University of Edinburgh)
and Simon McPortegies Zwart (University of Amsterdam).
"Punctuated" binary evolution in a background stellar field.
- Starcluster, written by Ernest
Mamikonyan and Steve McMillan (Drexel University), is a package
of analysis and visualization tools for N-body systems, linked to
libraries. It also has several interactive demonstrations.
- Here's a toy model implementation
by Piet Hut (IAS) and Jun Makino (Tokyo University) of an
interface between stellar dynamics and stellar evolution.
Triptych, by Jamie Lombardi (Allegheny College): Simulates the
collision of two stars, including the pre-collision orbits and
the evolution of the collision product. Also has a web
Tripletych, by Jamie Lombardi (Allegheny College) and Steve
McMillan (Drexel University): Simulates the interaction of three
stars, including the orbits, possible merger(s), and the
evolution of the merger product. Also has a
web interface. Contact Jamie or Steve if you
are interested in collaborating.
- Window to the
Stars, by Rob Izzard and Evert Glebbeek (Utrecht). A
graphical user interface to the popular TWIN single/binary
stellar evolution code, for novices, students and professional
To add a project or idea to this page, send a brief
description, along with contact information (e-mail, URL, telephone,
steve (at) physics.drexel.edu
- Are you looking for an interesting PhD or postdoctoral project?
- Do you have simulation data or observations that you'd like to
share with your colleagues as material for a collaboration?
- Do you have a code which you think might be of interest to other
members of the MODEST community?
- Do you have a suggestion of how an existing code or dataset might
be applied in a novel way?
- Are you planning an observational or computational proposal and
are looking for co-PIs or collaborators?
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