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Dynamic Monte Carlo radiation transfer in SPH: Radiation pressure force implementation
journal contributionposted on 2012-10-24, 09:20 authored by S. Nayakshin, S-H. Cha, A. Hobbs
We present a new framework for radiation hydrodynamics simulations. Gas dynamics is modelled by smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH), whereas radiation transfer is simulated via a time-dependent Monte Carlo approach that traces photon packets. As a first step in the development of the method, in this paper we consider the momentum transfer between radiation field and gas, which is important for systems where radiation pressure is high. There is no fundamental limitation on the number of radiation sources, the geometry or the optical depth of the problems that can be studied with the method. However, as expected for any Monte Carlo transfer scheme, stochastic noise presents a serious limitation. We present a number of tests that show that the errors of the method can be estimated accurately by considering Poisson noise fluctuations in the number of photon packets that SPH particles interact with per dynamical time. It is found that, for a reasonable accuracy, the momentum carried by photon packets must be much smaller than the typical momentum of SPH particles. We discuss numerical limitations of the code, and future steps that can be taken to improve performance and applicability of the method.
CitationMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2009, 397 (3), pp. 1314-1325
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