The first N-body simulation of interacting galaxies, even producing spiral arms, was performed by Erik Holmberg in Lund (1941), not with a numerical computer, but by his arrangement of movable light-bulbs and photocells to measure the luminosity at each bulb and thereby estimate the gravitational force. A decade later, and with the arrival of the first programable computers, computations of galactic dynamics were performed, which were later transferred into a N-body simulation movie. I present here the background details for this work with a description of the important elements to note in the movie which may be retrieved at http://ttt.astro.su.se/~po .
- Pub Date:
- March 2015
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics;
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics;
- Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies;
- Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics
- Introducing the numerical computation work carried out by Per Olof Lindblad in the 1950s. See also http://ttt.astro.su.se/~po for further documentation and to view the numerical simulation movie