Plasma Simulation Courses

Upcoming 2021 Courses

This summer I will be offering a live plasma simulation course once again. The course will follow the topics covered in Plasma Simulations by Example textbook (use FMQ13 code for a discount), and will thus be essentially a crash-course on plasma simulation numerical methods. Do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions. Registration opening soon!

Introduction to Plasma Simulation Methods is a crash course on Particle in Cell (PIC) and Eulerian MHD methods for simulating plasmas. Following my textbook, use use a step-by-step approach to develop 1D, 2D, and 3D structured and unstructured codes, and also learn about electromagnetics, collisions, and code parallelization.

Past Course Listing

In addition, recordings from prior live courses are also available. You will also receive a certificate of completion if all assignments are completed.

Fundamentals of the PIC method introduces the Particle in Cell method used for kinetic plasma simulations using a step-by-step approach. We develop 1D, 3D, and 2D (axisymmetric) codes to simulate plasma sheath, E×B transport, plasma flow past a charged sphere, and a simple ion gun.

Advanced PIC Techniques covers topics beyond the scope of the intro course. It covers three main concepts: electromagnetic PIC (EM-PIC), Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) collision modeling, and finite element PIC (FEM-PIC).

Distributed Computing for Plasma Applications demonstrates how to developed parallel codes that utilize multiple CPUs with multithreading and MPI distributed computing and graphics cards using CUDA to handle large simulation domains or to reduce run time.

Fluid Modeling
introduces Eulerian approaches for solving plasma flows. We cover single and multi-fluid MHD equation, hybrid approaches with detailed electron model, and advanced topics like Vlasov solvers.


Course Selection
Course NameFullUniE/B
Plasma Sim Methods 225 175
PIC Fundamentals 225 175
Distributed Computing 650 325
Advanced PIC 650 325
Fluid Modeling 650 325
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I am halfway through the course and I really have to thank you because you have made complex subject accessible, especially for those who do not have a computational background. – DM

This is a great course! – KD

Thank you for all courses, which were, and will be, very helpful for my work. – WK

Some of my students have taken your PIC course couple years ago and in general find the experience useful and rewarding. Having access to these type of courses is especially important for me, as myself I am not a computational person and have to rely on collaborators for help with computations for my students. – Prof. A. S.