Journal Article

<span class="smallCaps">traphic</span>– radiative transfer for smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations

Andreas H. Pawlik and Joop Schaye

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 389, issue 2, pages 651-677
Published in print September 2008 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online September 2008 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
traphic– radiative transfer for smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations

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We present traphic, a novel radiative transfer scheme for smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) simulations. traphic is designed for use in simulations exhibiting a wide dynamic range in physical length-scales and containing a large number of light sources. It is adaptive both in space and in angle and can be employed for application on distributed memory machines. The commonly encountered computationally expensive scaling with the number of light sources in the simulation is avoided by introducing a source merging procedure. The (time-dependent) radiative transfer equation is solved by tracing individual photon packets in an explicitly photon-conserving manner directly on the unstructured grid traced out by the set of SPH particles. To accomplish directed transport of radiation despite the irregular spatial distribution of the SPH particles, photons are guided inside cones. We present and test a parallel numerical implementation of traphic in the SPH code gadget-2, specified for the transport of monochromatic hydrogen-ionizing radiation. The results of the tests are in excellent agreement with both analytic solutions and results obtained with other state-of-the-art radiative transfer codes.

Keywords: radiative transfer; hydrodynamics; methods: numerical; H ii regions; diffuse radiation; large-scale structure of Universe

Journal Article.  24854 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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