Volume 523, November-December 2010
|Number of page(s)
|Numerical methods and codes
|11 November 2010
LIME – a flexible, non-LTE line excitation and radiation transfer method for millimeter and far-infrared wavelengths
Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, PO Box 9513, 2300 RA
Accepted: 6 August 2010
We present a new code for solving the molecular and atomic excitation and radiation transfer problem in a molecular gas and predicting emergent spectra. This code works in arbitrary three dimensional geometry using unstructured Delaunay latices for the transport of photons. Various physical models can be used as input, ranging from analytical descriptions over tabulated models to SPH simulations. To generate the Delaunay grid we sample the input model randomly, but weigh the sample probability with the molecular density and other parameters, and thereby we obtain an average grid point separation that scales with the local opacity. Our code does photon very efficiently so that the slow convergence of opaque models becomes traceable. When convergence between the level populations, the radiation field, and the point separation has been obtained, the grid is ray-traced to produced images that can readily be compared to observations. Because of the high dynamic range in scales that can be resolved using this type of grid, our code is particularly well suited for modeling of ALMA data. Our code can furthermore deal with overlapping lines of multiple molecular and atomic species.
Key words: radiative transfer / line: formation / methods: numerical
© ESO, 2010
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