Date of Graduation

5-2016

Level of Access

Open Access Thesis

Department or Program

Physics

First Advisor

Thomas Baumgarte

Abstract

The Bondi solution, which describes the radial inflow of a gas onto a non-rotating black hole, provides a powerful test for numerical relativistic codes. However, this solution is typically derived in Schwarzschild coordinates, which are not well suited for dynamical spacetime evolutions. Instead, many current numerical relativistic codes adopt moving-puncture coordinates, which render black holes in trumpet geometries. Here we transform the Bondi solution into two different trumpet coordinate systems, both of which result in regular expressions for the fluid flow extending into the black hole interior. We also evolve these solutions numerically and demonstrate their usefulness for testing and calibrating numerical codes.

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