HYPERION: an open-source parallelized three-dimensional dust continuum radiative transfer code
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street,
Accepted: 16 September 2011
Hyperion is a new three-dimensional dust continuum Monte-Carlo radiative transfer code that is designed to be as generic as possible, allowing radiative transfer to be computed through a variety of three-dimensional grids. The main part of the code is problem-independent, and only requires an arbitrary three-dimensional density structure, dust properties, the position and properties of the illuminating sources, and parameters controlling the running and output of the code. Hyperion is parallelized, and is shown to scale well to thousands of processes. Two common benchmark models for protoplanetary disks were computed, and the results are found to be in excellent agreement with those from other codes. Finally, to demonstrate the capabilities of the code, dust temperatures, SEDs, and synthetic multi-wavelength images were computed for a dynamical simulation of a low-mass star formation region. Hyperion is being actively developed to include new features, and is publicly available⋆⋆.
Key words: methods: numerical / radiative transfer / scattering / polarization
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