Composite biasing in Monte Carlo radiative transfer
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2016

Biasing or importance sampling is a powerful technique in Monte Carlo radiative transfer, and can be applied in different forms to increase the accuracy and efficiency of simulations. One of the drawbacks of the use of biasing is the potential introduction of large weight factors. We discuss a general strategy, composite biasing, to suppress the appearance of large weight factors. We use this composite biasing approach for two different problems faced by current state-of-the-art Monte Carlo radiative transfer codes: the generation of photon packages from multiple components, and the penetration of radiation through high optical depth barriers. In both cases, the implementation of the relevant algorithms is trivial and does not interfere with any other optimisation techniques. Through simple test models, we demonstrate the general applicability, accuracy and efficiency of the composite biasing approach. In particular, for the penetration of high optical depths, the gain in efficiency is spectacular for the specific problems that we consider: in simulations with composite path length stretching, high accuracy results are obtained even for simulations with modest numbers of photon packages, while simulations without biasing cannot reach convergence, even with a huge number of photon packages.

Radiative transfer

Författare

Maarten Baes

Universiteit Gent

K. D. Gordon

Universiteit Gent

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Tuomas Lunttila

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik

Simone Bianchi

Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri

Peter Camps

Universiteit Gent

Mika Juvela

Helsingin Yliopisto

Rolf Kuiper

Universität Tübingen

Astronomy and Astrophysics

0004-6361 (ISSN) 1432-0746 (eISSN)

Vol. 590 Art. no. A55- A55

Ämneskategorier

Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi

Fundament

Grundläggande vetenskaper

DOI

10.1051/0004-6361/201528063