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Manuscript Title: GeodesicViewer - A tool for exploring geodesics in the theory of relativity
Authors: Thomas Müller, Frank Grave
Program title: GeodesicViewer
Catalogue identifier: AEFP_v1_0
Distribution format: tar.gz
Journal reference: Comput. Phys. Commun. 181(2010)413
Programming language: C++, Qt, Qwt, OpenGL.
Computer: All platforms with a C++ compiler, Qt, Qwt, OpenGL.
Operating system: Linux, Mac OS X.
RAM: 24 Mbytes
Keywords: general relativity, timelike and lightlike geodesics.
PACS: 04.20.-q, 04.25.D-, 04.20.Ex.
Classification: 1.5.

External routines:
  • Gnu Scientific Library (GSL) (http://www.gnu.org/software/gsl/)
  • Motion4D (included in the package).
  • Qt (http://qt.nokia.com/downloads)
  • Qwt (http://qwt.sourceforge.net/)
  • OpenGL (http://www.opengl.org/)

Nature of problem:
Illustrate geodesics in four-dimensional Lorentzian spacetimes.

Solution method:
Integration of ordinary differential equations. 3D-Rendering via OpenGL.

Running time:
Interactive. The examples given take milliseconds.