Kinetic Simulation of Non-Equilibrium Plasmas
Technical Report,01 Sep 2014,31 Aug 2018
University of California Los Angeles United States
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This project is on innovative methods for kinetic simulation of non-equilibrium plasmas, which are important for applications such as directed energy, remote sensing, space propulsion and space weather. The project is focused on kinetic regimes for which current simulation methods are ineffective, and new analytic and algorithmic ideas are needed. Accomplishments include a Monte Carlo simulation of CollisionalRadiative CR kinetics in plasmas, a new deterministic scheme for collisional-radiative kinetics that allows for allows for non-uniform gridding of the energy axis, while maintaining exact conservation properties, a new strategy for combining a Monte Carlo particle method with computational fluid dynamics.