This year I will be teaching Introduction to Plasma Simulation Methods. The course will run from July 11th to August 15th, 2023 and will consist of 8 total lessons. We will meet weekly on Tuesdays with two additional Thursday sessions. The course will be held online and lessons will be recorded for those who cannot make the live session due to time zone constraints. Register soon as the space is limited.
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.
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.
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.
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.