Minerva is a cylindrical coordinate extension of the Athena Astrophysical MHD Code of Stone, Gardiner, Teuben, and Hawley. This code
is made freely available to the astrophysics community. The current version includes the following features:
cylindrical or Cartesian coordinates
compressible hydrodynamics and ideal MHD in 1-, 2-, and 3-spatial dimensions.
ideal gas equation of state with arbitrary &gamma (including &gamma = 1, an isothermal EOS),
second- or third-order characteristic interpolation in the primitive variables,
numerical fluxes computed using a variety of approximate and/or linearized Riemann solvers,
source terms due to a static gravitational potential,
parallelization using domain decomposition with MPI.
Who is involved?
The Minerva Code was adapted from the Athena Code by M. Aaron Skinner and Eve C. Ostriker (University of Maryland). This work is supported by grant AST 0507315 from the National Science Foundation.
We have also developed a suite of test problems for our code. Some are derived from other authors' tests and some are new.
Like Athena, the Minerva code was written in C. The code is available freely to the astrophysical community as is; we lack the resources for user support. It may be modified to suit your own applications, but publications or
presentations wishing to use the code should cite the method paper.