© 1998

Computational Methods for Astrophysical Fluid Flow

Saas-Fee Advanced Course 27 Lecture Notes 1997 Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy

  • O. Steiner
  • A. Gautschy

Part of the Saas-Fee Advanced Courses book series (SAASFEE, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Dimitri Mihalas
    Pages 161-262
  3. Ewald Müller
    Pages 343-494
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 495-508

About this book


Four lectures lead the reader from basic numerical methods for solving hyperbolic partial differential equations to the application of complex simulation codes to selected astrophysical problems. The text highlights the powerful capabilities, the use, and the pitfalls of computational astrophysics. Difficult topics pertaining to astrophysical problem solving, such as gravitation, magnetic fields, reactive flow, and relativity, are addressed. Two lectures are devoted to radiation hydrodynamics. They treat the derivation of the basic equations and numerical methods. This book will be useful to students and researchers in astrophysics and applied mathematics.


astronomy astrophysics conservation law dynamics flow solution Supernova

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied MathematicsUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of AstronomyUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  3. 3.Institut für Astronomie der Universität WienWienAustria
  4. 4.Max-Planck-Institut für AstrophysikGarchingGermany

Editors and affiliations

  • O. Steiner
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Gautschy
    • 3
  1. 1.High Altitude ObservatoryNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Kiepenheuer-Institut für SonnenphysikFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Astronomisches Institut der Universität BaselBiningenSwitzerland

Bibliographic information


From the reviews
"Gives detailed web addresses and information where such codes can be downloaded (...). In conclusion, I feel the book gives and excellent account of present-day astrophysical hydrodynamics."
A. Brandenburg, The Observatory, 1999