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Volume 442, Number 3, November II 2005
Page(s) 1041 - 1048
Section Stellar structure and evolution
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20053390

A&A 442, 1041-1048 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20053390

On constructing horizontal branch models

A. Serenelli1, 2 and A. Weiss1

1  Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, 85748 Garching, Germany
    e-mail: weiss@mpa-garching.mpg.de
2  Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

(Received 9 May 2005 / Accepted 28 July 2005 )

We investigate different methods used to construct (zero-age) horizontal branch models and compare the resulting horizontal branch evolution with that of models resulting from the calculation of the complete stellar evolution from the main sequence and through the core helium flash. We show that the approximate methods may lead to small but discernible effects, but that some methods, which are as simple, reproduce the complete evolution very well.

Key words: stars: evolution -- stars: horizontal-branch -- methods: numerical

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