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Relativistic simulations of rotational core collapse : I. Methods, initial models, and code tests
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Dimmelmeier, H.; Font Roda, José Antonio; Müller, E.


This document is a artículoDate2002






We describe an axisymmetric general relativistic code for rotational core collapse. The code evolves the coupled system of metric and fluid equations using the ADM 3+1 formalism and a conformally flat metric approximation of the Einstein equations. Within this approximation the ADM 3+1 equations reduce to a set of five coupled nonlinear elliptic equations for the metric components. The equations are discretized on a 2D grid in spherical polar coordinates and are solved by means of a NewtonRaphson iteration using a block elimination
scheme to solve the diagonally dominant, sparse linear system arising within each iteration step. The relativistic hydrodynamics equations are formulated as a rstorder fluxconservative hyperbolic system and are integrated using highresolution shockcapturing schemes based on Riemann solvers. We assess the quality of the conformally flat metric approximation for relativistic core collapse and present a comprehensive set of tests that the code successfully passed. The tests include relativistic shock tubes, the preservation of the rotation pro le and of the equilibrium of rapidly and di erentially rotating neutron stars (approximated as rotating polytropes), spherical relativistic core collapse, and the conservation of restmass and angular momentum in dynamic spacetimes. The application of the code to relativistic rotational core collapse, with emphasis on the gravitational waveform signature, is presented in an accompanying paper.


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