Plasma Simulation Courses

Announcements

8/15/2020: I am happy to announce that I, along with Prof. Joseph Wang from USC, and our collaborator Robert Martin from AFRL, recently got a contract for a new textbook on scientific computing and numerical analysis. The book will cover many materials discussed in the ASTE-499 course taught at USC’s Astronautics Department in the Spring of 2020. But since this means I am also going to be quite busy working on the manuscript (plus a pile of old unfinished papers), I am not planning to offer my online simulation courses live this year. However, you can access the old recordings by registering below, or alternatively, you can purchase my book Plasma Simulations by Example (use FMQ13 code for a discount).

3/18/2020: With so many of you now quarantined away from work or offices, you may be interested in catching up on the Particle in Cell Method. Hence, I decided to reduce the price of my Fundamentals of the Particle in Cell Method to only $55 for the full and $25 for the student registration. Take advantage of this special offer as it may not last long!

Course Listing

Here is a brief overview of all available courses. Registering for PIC Fundamentals, Advanced PIC, or Distributed Computing will give you instant access to the materials from the last time the course was held “live”. I am available to review your assignments and answer any questions. You will also receive the certificate if all assignments are completed. Do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions.

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.

  1. Fundamentals of the PIC method: This course introduces the Particle in Cell method used for kinetic plasma simulations using a step-by-step approach. We will 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.
  2. Advanced PIC techniques: This course 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).
  3. Distributed Computing for Plasma Simulations: In this course you’ll learn how to develop plasma simulation codes that utilize multiple CPUs and graphic cards to handle larger simulation domains or to run faster. We’ll cover multithreading, distributed computing with MPI, and GPU computing using CUDA.
  4. Fluid modeling of plasmas (March 2018): This new course will teach you how simulate dense plasmas in which the continuum assumption holds. We will cover single and multi-fluid MHD equations as well as hybrid approaches with detailed electron model and some advanced topics like Vlasov solvers.

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Course NameFullUniE/B
PIC Fundamentals 55 25
Distributed Computing 650 325
Advanced PIC 650 325
Fluid Modeling 650 325
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Feedback

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.