Date of Award

January 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Physics & Astrophysics

First Advisor

Wayne Barkhouse


The theory of general relativity is currently the best description of gravity. However, the equations in general relativity are highly nonlinear and only the simplest of cases can hope to be solved analytically. As a result, the field of numerical relativity was created to solve some of these issues and to model more complicated dynamical situations. This thesis sets out to give the reader a basic understanding of general relativity, numerical relativity, as well as an understanding of some of the programs that are used in numerical relativity research such as Lorene and the Einstein Toolkit and concludes with a brief set of simulations of binary neutron stars with various masses.