Query : 2006A&A...452..907R

2006A&A...452..907R - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 452, 907-920 (2006/6-4)

Hybrid characteristics: 3D radiative transfer for parallel adaptive mesh refinement hydrodynamics.


Abstract (from CDS):

We have developed a three-dimensional radiative transfer method designed specifically for use with parallel adaptive mesh refinement hydrodynamics codes. This new algorithm, which we call hybrid characteristics, introduces a novel form of ray tracing that can neither be classified as long, nor as short characteristics, but which applies the underlying principles, i.e. efficient execution through interpolation and parallelizability, of both. Primary applications of the hybrid characteristics method are radiation hydrodynamics problems that take into account the effects of photoionization and heating due to point sources of radiation. The method is implemented in the hydrodynamics package FLASH. The ionization, heating, and cooling processes are modelled using the DORIC ionization package. Upon comparison with the long characteristics method, we find that our method calculates the column density with a similarly high accuracy and produces sharp and well defined shadows. We show the quality of the new algorithm in an application to the photoevaporation of multiple over-dense clumps. We present several test problems demonstrating the feasibility of our method for performing high resolution three-dimensional radiation hydrodynamics calculations that span a large range of scales. Initial performance tests show that the ray tracing part of our method takes less time to execute than other parts of the calculation (e.g. hydrodynamics and adaptive mesh refinement), and that a high degree of efficiency is obtained in parallel execution. Although the hybrid characteristics method is developed for problems involving photoionization due to point sources, and in its current implementation ignores the effects of diffuse radiation and scattering, the algorithm can be easily adapted to the case of more general radiation fields.

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Journal keyword(s): radiative transfer - hydrodynamics - ISM: HII regions - planetary nebulae: general

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Number of rows : 6
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2022
1 M 42 HII 05 35 17.3 -05 23 28           ~ 3900 0
2 NAME Ori A MoC 05 38 -07.1           ~ 2841 0
3 NGC 2392 PN 07 29 10.7671398096 +20 54 42.474888072     9.68     O6f 710 1
4 NGC 3603 OpC 11 15 11 -61 15.5           ~ 1010 1
5 M 27 PN 19 59 36.3631850088 +22 43 16.312059552   13.749 14.089 14.247 14.405 DAO.6 579 0
6 NGC 7293 PN 22 29 38.5454047152 -20 50 13.747242408 11.894 13.158 13.524 13.689 13.898 DAO.5 925 0

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