Gravitational N-Body Simulations: Tools and Algorithms by Sverre J. Aarseth

By Sverre J. Aarseth

This self-contained booklet provides simple tools of numerical simulation of gravitational structures, with functions in astronomy and cosmology. the 1st half the ebook offers and explains the elemental mathematical instruments had to describe the dynamics of a giant variety of collectively appealing debris. specific realization is given to the innovations had to version recognized planetary and astrophysical phenomena resembling Hubble movement. the second one half the e-book demonstrates tips to advance transparent and chic algorithms for types of gravitational structures.

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3), whereupon the current force is calculated by direct summation. e. 3 Individual time-steps of the most recent force evaluation. New differences are now formed (cf. 2), including D4 . Together with the new F(4) , these correction terms are combined to improve the current coordinates and velocity to highest order. 3). 11) where all factorials are absorbed in the force derivatives. The coefficients are defined by a = t1 t2 t3 , b = t1 t2 +t1 t3 +t2 t3 , c = t1 +t2 +t3 , respectively, where the old definition of tk still applies.

In the improved version with one extra order [Aarseth, 1968], the force polynomial for a given particle is written as an expansion about the reference time t = 0 by 4 Bk tk . 14) k=1 The coefficients Bk for k = 1, 2, 3 are obtained by a fitting over three previous times, whereas the fourth coefficient is not evaluated until the end of the current step when its contribution is added as a semi-iteration or corrector. 14) were phased out in the early 1970s. A formulation for arbitrary orders was employed by Wielen [1967, 1974] who also introduced divided differences.

25). 26) yields essentially the same accuracy as the basic Hermite formulation. Although the local truncation error for the coordinates is O(∆t5 ) compared with O(∆t6 ) in the latter, the velocity error is O(∆t5 ) for both schemes. 26) is expressed in terms of a and ˙ However, this is not more efficient than the standard form if the two a. higher derivatives are used for time-step selection. e. fourth) order. 1 and some 100 orbits, the relative errors per orbit change from ∆a/a −7 × 10−9 to 10−12 and ∆e/e reduces from 10−7 to 10−11 , respectively.

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