1 Introduction

Characteristic Evolution and Matching

Update available: http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2005-10

Jeffrey Winicour
Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Albert-Einstein-Institut,
14476 Golm, Germany
and
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
email: jeff@einstein.phyast.pitt.edu

(Accepted 15 February 2001)

Abstract:

I review the development of numerical evolution codes for general relativity based upon the characteristic initial value problem. Progress is traced from the early stage of 1D feasibility studies to current 3D codes that simulate binary black holes. A prime application of characteristic evolution is Cauchy-characteristic matching, which is also reviewed.



1 Introduction

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Jeffrey Winicour
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