How to use Starburst99
There are three options for the Starburst99 user:
- The first, and most convenient option is to access a large set of figures and
tables showing the calculated models. As we did in Leitherer & Heckman (1995),
we computed a model set for standard IMFs, metallicities and star-formation
histories and plotted a variety of parameters in a uniform way. The full
description of the figures is in Leitherer et al. (1999). Most users may find
the information in these figures sufficient for their needs. We have also
included the energy distributions that were used for the calculation of
spectrophotomtric quantities, such as colors. This will allow users to compute
colors in different filter systems if desired.
- If the figure and table set does not cover the required parameter space, the
Starburst99 user has the option to run her/his own models. A typical example
would be a case with a non-standard IMF. The input parameters can be entered
via a web interface, and the comoutations are done remotely at Space Telescope
Science Insitute. Once the job is complete, the users are notified by e-mail
and can retrieve the output files by ftp. While most of the output has the
same structure as the figures and tables described before, some has not, and
a bit of fiddling with the data may be necessary.
- Finally, if all else fails, the Starburst99 user has the option to download
the code and all auxiliary files. We distribute the source code freely to the
community and the users are free to modify the code to suit their needs.
However, the user accepts sole responsibility for the results produced by the
code. Although every effort has been made to identify and eliminate errors,
we accept no responsibility for erroneous model predictions. The code and the
models should be referenced as Leitherer et al. (1999).