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Abstract Interpreting gravitational wave observations and understanding the physics of astrophysical compact objects such as black holes or neutron stars requires accurate theoretical models. Here, we present a new numerical relativity computer program, called Nmesh , that has the design goal to become a next generation program for the simulation of challenging relativistic astrophysics problems such as binary black hole or neutron star mergers. In order to efficiently run on large supercomputers, Nmesh uses a discontinuous Galerkin method together with a domain decomposition and mesh refinement that parallelizes and scales well. In this work, we discuss the various numerical methods we use. We also present results of test problems such as the evolution of scalar waves, single black holes and neutron stars, as well as shock tubes. In addition, we introduce a new positivity limiter that allows us to stably evolve single neutron stars without an additional artificial atmosphere, or other more traditional limiters.more » « lessFree, publicly-accessible full text available December 23, 2023
We present the second data release of gravitational waveforms from binary neutron star (BNS) merger simulations performed by the Computational Relativity (
CoRe) collaboration. The current database consists of 254 different BNS configurations and a total of 590 individual numerical-relativity simulations using various grid resolutions. The released waveform data contain the strain and the Weyl curvature multipoles up to . They span a significant portion of the mass, mass-ratio, spin and eccentricity parameter space and include targeted configurations to the events GW170817 and GW190425. CoResimulations are performed with 18 different equations of state, seven of which are finite temperature models, and three of which account for non-hadronic degrees of freedom. About half of the released data are computed with high-order hydrodynamics schemes for tens of orbits to merger; the other half is computed with advanced microphysics. We showcase a standard waveform error analysis and discuss the accuracy of the database in terms of faithfulness. We present ready-to-use fitting formulas for equation of state-insensitive relations at merger (e.g. merger frequency), luminosity peak, and post-merger spectrum.