Astrophysics (Index)About

computational astrophysics

(astrophysical study through computer modeling)

Computers are heavily used to model astrophysical phenomena, and computational astrophysics is an umbrella-term for the specific computational physics methods relevant to and/or tailored to astrophysics. Among model targets are stars, star formation, disks (e.g., protoplanetary disks), galaxies, galaxy formation, galaxy clusters, black holes, compact objects, and cosmological simulations of a significant portion of a universe. Methods include N-body simulation, semi-analytic model, adaptive mesh refinement, smoothed-particle hydrodynamics, and hydrodynamics models.

Example software:


(simulations)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computational_astrophysics

Referenced by pages:
adaptive refinement tree (ART)
cosmological simulation
numerical relativity (NR)

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