Plasma Simulation Courses


In 2018, I will be offering two plasma simulation courses. First, between March and May, there will be a new courses on fluid modeling of plasmas. Then later in the year, I will once again do a live session of the PIC Fundamentals class. That course will take place in the fall. All students who have registered at any time since the last live session in 2016 can participate in the live session for free, without needing to re-register.

A flyer is available here: plasma-simulation-courses-2018.pdf

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.

  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.

Do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions.


Course Selection
Course NameFullUniE/B
PIC Fundamentals 550 275
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.