McScatter: A simple three-body scattering package with stellar evolution
We describe a simple computer package which illustrates a method of combining stellar dynamics with stellar evolution. Though the method is intended for elaborate applications (especially the dynamical evolution of rich star clusters) it is illustrated here in the context of three-body scattering, i.e. interactions between a binary star and a field of single stars. We describe the interface between the dynamics and the two independent packages which describe the internal evolution of single stars and binaries. We also give an example application, and introduce a stand alone utility for the visual presentation of simulation results.
- Pub Date:
- October 2006
- Celestial mechanics;
- Binary and multiple stars;
- Stellar dynamics and kinematics;
- 16 pages, Accepted for publication in New Astronomy. Source codes available at: http://manybody.org/manybody/McScatter.html and http://www.manybody.org/manybody/roche.html