Gregory B. Cook
2000-10-26
2000-11-14
Abstract Initial data are the starting point for any numerical simulation. In the case of numerical relativity, Einsteinâ€™s equations constrain our choices of these initial data. We will examine several of the formalisms used for specifying Cauchy initial data in the 3 + 1 decomposition of Einsteinâ€™s equations. We will then explore how these formalisms have been used in constructing initial data for spacetimes containing black holes and neutron stars. In the topics discussed, emphasis is placed on those issues that are important for obtaining astrophysically realistic initial data for compact binary coalescence.
http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2000-5
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Numerical relativity, ADM formalism, Initial value problem, Constraint equations, Black holes, Neutron stars, Binary systems
Initial Data for Numerical Relativity