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FORNAX: A Flexible Code for Multiphysics Astrophysical Simulations

Author(s): Skinner, M Aaron; Dolence, Joshua C; Burrows, Adam S.; Radice, David; Vartanyan, David

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Abstract: This paper describes the design and implementation of our new multigroup, multidimensional radiation hydrodynamics code FORNAX and provides a suite of code tests to validate its application in a wide range of physical regimes. Instead of focusing exclusively on tests of neutrino radiation hydrodynamics relevant to the core-collapse supernova problem for which FORNAX is primarily intended, we present here classical and rigorous demonstrations of code performance relevant to a broad range of multidimensional hydrodynamic and multigroup radiation hydrodynamic problems. Our code solves the comoving-frame radiation moment equations using the M1 closure, utilizes conservative high-order reconstruction, employs semi-explicit matter and radiation transport via a high-order time stepping scheme, and is suitable for application to a wide range of astrophysical problems. To this end, we first describe the philosophy, algorithms, and methodologies of FORNAX and then perform numerous stringent code tests that collectively and vigorously exercise the code, demonstrate the excellent numerical fidelity with which it captures the many physical effects of radiation hydrodynamics, and show excellent strong scaling well above 100,000 MPI tasks.
Publication Date: Mar-2019
Electronic Publication Date: 28-Feb-2019
Citation: Skinner, M Aaron, Dolence, Joshua C, Burrows, Adam, Radice, David, Vartanyan, David. (2019). FORNAX: A Flexible Code for Multiphysics Astrophysical Simulations. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL SUPPLEMENT SERIES, 241 (10.3847/1538-4365/ab007f
DOI: doi:10.3847/1538-4365/ab007f
ISSN: 0067-0049
EISSN: 1538-4365
Type of Material: Journal Article
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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