Shock-avoiding Slicing Conditions: Tests and Calibrations
MFO Scientific ProgramOWRF 2022
Baumgarte, Thomas W.
While the 1+log slicing condition has been extremely successful in numerous numerical relativity simulations, it is also known to develop "gauge-shocks" in some examples. Alternative "shockavoiding" slicing conditions suggested by Alcubierre prevent these pathologies in those examples, but have not yet been explored and tested very broadly. In this paper we compare the performance of shock-avoiding slicing conditions with those of 1+log slicing for a number of "text-book" problems, including black holes and relativistic stars. While, in some simulations, the shock-avoiding slicing conditions feature some unusual properties and lead to more "gauge-dynamics" than the 1+log slicing condition, we find that they perform quite similarly in terms of stability and accuracy, and hence provide a very viable alternative to 1+log slicing.