The Yale-Potsdam Stellar Isochrones

F. Spada, P. Demarque, Y. C. Kim, T. S. Boyajian, J. M. Brewer

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We introduce the Yale-Potsdam Stellar Isochrones (YaPSI), a new grid of stellar evolution tracks and isochrones of solar-scaled composition. In an effort to improve the Yonsei-Yale database, special emphasis is placed on the construction of accurate low-mass models (M∗ < 0.6 Mo), and in particular on their mass-luminosity and mass- radius relations, both crucial for characterizing exoplanet-host stars, and, in turn, their planetary systems. The YaPSI models cover the mass range 0.15-5.0 Mo densely enough to permit detailed interpolation in mass, and the metallicity and helium abundance ranges [Fe/H] = -1.5 to +0.3 and Y0 = 0.25-0.37 are specified independently of each other (i.e., no fixed δY δ Z relation is assumed). The evolutionary tracks are calculated from the pre-main sequence up to the tip of the red giant branch. The isochrones, with ages between 1 Myr and 20 Gyr, provide UBVRI colors in the Johnson-Cousins system, and JHK colors in the homogenized Bessell & Brett system, derived from two different semi-empirical Teff-color calibrations from the literature. We also provide utility codes, such as an isochrone interpolator, in age, metallicity, and helium content, and an interface of the tracks with an open-source Monte Carlo Markov-Chain tool for the analysis of individual stars. Finally, we present comparisons of the YaPSI models with the best empirical mass-luminosity and mass-radius relations available to date, as well as isochrone fitting of well-studied stellar clusters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number161
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
F.S. acknowledges support from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) through the Karl Schwarzschild Postdoctoral Fellowship. Y.C.K. acknowledges support from the Yonsei-KASI Joint Research for the Frontiers of Astronomy and Space Science program by the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute. We thank an anonymous referee for constructive comments that led to significant improvements of the paper. This research made use of the NASA Astrophysics Data System Bibliographic Services (ADS), and of the pspline package, provided by the National Transport Code Collaboration (NTCC).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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