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GR Schwarzschild Light Program
written by Wolfgang Christian, Mario Belloni, and Anne Cox
educational validator: Bethany Zach
The GR Schwarzschild Light program simulates the path of light around a black hole using the Schwarzschild metric. It also displays a plot of the effective potential of light in the vicinity of a black hole. The default setting is a light trajectory that escapes the black hole.
GR Schwarzschild Light is part of a suite of Open Source Physics programs that model aspects of General Relativity. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the gr_schwarzschild_light.jar file will run the program if Java is installed. Other programs provide additional visualizations. They can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, OSP, or General Relativity.
Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java.
2 supplemental documents are available
GR Schwarzschild Light Documentation
A pdf document that briefly describes the GR Schwarzschild Light program. It describes how to use the gr_schwarzschild_light.jar file and contains short tutorial exercises for use with the gr_schwarzschild_light.jar file.
download 98kb .pdf
Published: May 23, 2008
The materials distributed in this zip file are in support of the GR Schwarzschild Light program. This distribution contains the GR Schwarzschild Light program, documentation and exercises, and additional parameter sets (xml files)
download 633kb .zip
Published: May 23, 2008
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GR Schwarzschild Light Program:
Is Part Of General Relativity (GR) Package
The General Relativity (GR) Package contains curricular materials for the teaching of general relativity using the GR Schwarzschild Light Program.relation by Mario Belloni
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