Discontinuous collocation methods and self-force applications


Markakis, C. (2021). Discontinuous collocation methods and self-force applications. Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. https://pirsa.org/21060005


Markakis, Charalampos. Discontinuous collocation methods and self-force applications. Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Jun. 07, 2021, https://pirsa.org/21060005


          @misc{ scivideos_PIRSA:21060005,
            doi = {10.48660/21060005},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/21060005},
            author = {Markakis, Charalampos},
            keywords = {Other Physics},
            language = {en},
            title = {Discontinuous collocation methods and self-force applications},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics},
            year = {2021},
            month = {jun},
            note = {PIRSA:21060005 see, \url{https://scivideos.org/pirsa/21060005}}

Charalampos Markakis Queen Mary - University of London (QMUL)

Talk Type Conference


Numerical simulations of extereme mass ratio inspirals face several computational challenges. We present a new approach to evolving partial differential equations occurring in black hole perturbation theory and calculations of the self-force acting on point particles orbiting supermassive black holes. Such equations are distributionally sourced, and standard numerical methods, such as finite-difference or spectral methods, face difficulties associated with approximating discontinuous functions. However, in the self-force problem we typically have access to full a-priori information about the local structure of the discontinuity at the particle. Using this information, we show that high-order accuracy can be recovered by adding to the Lagrange interpolation formula a linear combination of certain jump amplitudes. We construct discontinuous spatial and temporal discretizations by operating on the corrected Lagrange formula. In a method-of-lines framework, this provides a simple and efficient method of solving time-dependent partial differential equations, without loss of accuracy near moving singularities or discontinuities. This method is well-suited for the problem of time-domain reconstruction of the metric perturbation via the Teukolsky or Regge-Wheeler-Zerilli formalisms. Parallel implementations on modern CPU and GPU architectures are discussed.