A new scheme for matching general relativistic ideal magnetohydrodynamics to its force-free limit

Vasileios Paschalidis, Stuart L. Shapiro

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Abstract

We present a new computational method for smoothly matching general relativistic ideal magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) to its force-free limit. The method is based on a flux-conservative formalism for MHD and its force-free limit and a vector potential formulation for the induction equation to maintain the zero divergence constraint for the magnetic field. The force-free formulation we adopt evolves the magnetic field and the Poynting vector, instead of the magnetic and electric fields. We show that our force-free code passes a robust suite of tests, performed both in one-dimensional flat spacetime and in three-dimensional black hole spacetimes. We also demonstrate that our matching technique successfully reproduces the aligned rotator force-free solution. Our new techniques are suitable for studying electromagnetic effects and predicting electromagnetic signals arising in many different curved spacetime scenarios. For example, we can treat spinning neutron stars, either in isolation or in compact binaries, that have MHD interiors and force-free magnetospheres.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104031
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume88
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 22 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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