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The GR Schwarzschild Particle Energy program simulates orbits of objects around a black hole using the Schwarzschild metric. It also displays a plot of the effective potential well in which the orbiting particle resides. The user can change the orbiter’s state by entering new energy and angular momentum values and dragging the marker to different positions. The default configuration is a circular orbit. GR Schwarzschild Particle Energy 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_particle_energy.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.
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