We have recently constructed a numerical code that evolves a spherically symmetric spacetime using a hyperbolic formulation of Einstein's equations. For the case of a Schwarzschild black hole, this code works well at early times, but quickly becomes inaccurate on a time scale of (10-100)M, where M is the mass of the hole. We present an analytic method that facilitates the detection of instabilities. Using this method, we identify a term in the evolution equations that leads to a rapidly growing mode in the solution. After eliminating this term from the evolution equations by means of algebraic constraints, we can achieve free evolution for times exceeding 10 000M. We discuss the implications for three-dimensional simulations.
|Number of pages
|Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
|Published - Aug 15 1998
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)