# Hydrostatic Column ## Computing a density distribution in hydrostatic equilibrium with a background potential.

Evan and I are working on initial conditions generators for {\it cholla}. Our current task is to set up an adiabatic disk in hydrostatic equilibrium with a background potential.

I decided to initially set up the disks as vertical exponentials, and then iterate the density profile such that the pressure gradient balances the vertical force from the gravitational potential.

Assuming hydrostatic equilibrium, we have
$\nabla P = \nabla\left(K \rho^\gamma\right) = \gamma K \rho^{(\gamma-1)} \frac{d\rho}{dz} = - \rho g_z$

We can then set the change in density between cells to equal $\Delta \rho = - \frac{\rho^{(2-\gamma)}g_z\Delta z}{\gamma K}$

We can then check whether density integrates to the surface density, and then adjust according.

The code for a single column of gas is at:

https://github.com/brantr/hydrostatic-column

I’m working now to integrate this into the Cholla ICs routines.