Application of Adaptive Mesh Refinement to Particle-In-Cell simulations

Jean-Luc Vay
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) technique has long offered major benefits for fluid dynamics modeling. We have recently merged AMR with
the Particle-In-Cell (PIC) method for simulation of plasmas and particle beams. The application of AMR to plasma modeling poses significant challenges, including the introduction of spurious forces on simulation particles. We have carried out a detailed analysis of the
coupling of the two methods and, in collaboration with the developers of the popular Chombo package for AMR, have developed practical methods and demonstrated their effectiveness on electrostatic Particle-In-Cell simulations of intense ion beams [1,2]. Initial successes include major savings of computational effort in simulations of time-dependent space-charge-limited flow (in a 5-D phase space); and demonstrations of numerical convergence [3]. Most recently, the merger of the PIC code WARP (developed for Heavy Ion Fusion studies) and Chombo has been accomplished. The application of AMR to electromagnetic plasma modeling is even more challenging; we have introduced a new methodology

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