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GR Schwarzschild Light Launch Angle Program
written by Wolfgang Christian, Mario Belloni, and Anne Cox
educational validator: Bethany Zach
The GR Schwarzschild Light Launch Angle program simulates the path of light around a black hole using the Schwarzschild metric and allows the user to set the launch angle of the light. It also displays a plot of the effective potential well for the light. The default setting is light with an r-coordinate value of 3.5 and a launch angle of 1.571 (in radians).
GR Schwarzschild Light Launch Angle Parameter 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_launch_angle.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 Launch Angle Documentation
A pdf document that briefly describes the GR Schwarzschild Light Launch Angle program. It describes how to use the gr_schwarzschild_light_launch_angle.jar file and contains short tutorial exercises for use with the gr_schwarzschild_light_launch_angle.jar file.
download 90kb .pdf
Published: May 23, 2008
The materials distributed in this zip file are in support of the GR Schwarzschild Launch Angle program. This distribution contains the GR Schwarzschild Light Launch Angle program, documentation, and exercises.
download 629kb .zip
Published: May 23, 2008
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GR Schwarzschild Light Launch Angle 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 Launch Angle Program.relation by Anne Cox
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