The major goal of this research initiative is to build a pilot computational code for the simulation and visualization of black holes at Marshall University. The code will be used in developing original simulations and visualizations with the purpose of exploring improved solutions to specific "outer boundary" problems arising from natural limitations of the computational domain.
This research involves undergraduate students who are monitoring the simulation runs, and developing visual displays of the computer simulations. This part of the research is separable from the more abstract problem of implementing the outer boundary algorithms. "Visualization" is a very important part of numerical simulation research, because it offers both great technical insights and qualitative understanding of what works and what does not work.