Using the Noise thorn

Denis Pollney

April 2002

Abstract

The Noise thorn can be used to place random values on Cactus grid functions at initial data and at the boundaries during evolution. This can be used to carry out “robust stability” tests, such as those proposed by Jeff Winicour.

1 Initial data

To apply a random perturbation to initial data, set noise::apply_id_noise="yes". Then each grid function listed in the parameter noise::id_vars will be adjusted by a random factor. The maximum size of the random perturbation is controlled by the parameter noise::amplitude. The perturbations are applied during the CCTK_POSTINITIAL time bin.

2 Boundary conditions

A random number will be added to each point on the boundary of grid functions listed in the noise::bc_vars parameter if the flag noise::apply_bc_noise="yes" is set. As with the initial data, the maximum size of the perturbation is given by the noise::amplitude parameter. The adjustments are applied at each CCTK_POSTSTEP.

3 Example

The following parameters can be used to apply a random adjustment of size A = ±0.0005 to the initial data and boundaries of the metric variables.