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Worldtube excision method for intermediate-mass-ratio inspirals: Scalar-field model in 3+1 dimensions

Authors: Wittek, N; Dhesi, M; Barack, L; Pfeiffer, H; Pound, A; RĂ¼ter, H; Bonilla, M; Deppe, N; Kidder, L; Kumar, P; Scheel, M; Throwe, W; Vu, N

Ref.: Phys. Rev. D 108 (2), 024041 (2023)

Abstract: Binary black hole simulations become increasingly more computationally expensive with smaller mass ratios, partly because of the longer evolution time, and partly because the lengthscale disparity dictates smaller time steps. The program initiated by Dhesi et al. [Phys. Rev. D 104, 124002 (2021)] explores a method for alleviating the scale disparity in simulations with mass ratios in the intermediate astrophysical range (10(-4) less than or similar to q less than or similar to 10(-2)), where purely perturbative methods may not be adequate. A region ("worldtube") much larger than the small black hole is excised from the numerical domain, and replaced with an analytical model approximating a tidally deformed black hole. Here we apply this idea to a toy model of a scalar charge in a fixed circular geodesic orbit around a Schwarzschild black hole, solving for the massless KleinGordon field. This is a first implementation of the worldtube excision method in full 3 thorn 1 dimensions. We demonstrate the accuracy and efficiency of the method, and discuss the steps toward applying it for evolving orbits and, ultimately, in the binary black-hole scenario. Our implementation is publicly accessible in the SPECTRE numerical relativity code.

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.108.024041