Workshop I: Computational Challenges in Hot Dense Plasmas

March 26 - 30, 2012


The physics of hot, dense plasmas is a field rich with physics and mathematics, spanning many different length and time scales. To accurately simulate hot, dense plasmas requiresgraphic for plws1 resolving the physics of hydrodynamics, radiation and electron transport, atomic physics, burn physics, wave-wave interactions, wave-particle interactions and particle-particle interactions, to name a few processes.

To perform such a calculation that resolves such physics at all these length and time scales remains computationally unfeasible even with an exascale capability. Thus, it is important to differentiate between the physics that must be fully resolved, and the physics that can be included with a reduced model description in a fully integrated simulation. These fully integrated simulations including reduced model descriptions can then be validated through experiment.

The goals of this workshop are:

  • to identify key physics components in integrated simulations of hot, dense plasmas
  • to identify critical computation issues at the different length and time scales
  • to propose reduced model descriptions that can be experimentally validated
  • to define experiments critical to an integrated simulation of hot, dense plasmas
  • to promote new collaborations
  • to engage young scientists

It is the goal of this workshop to bring together mathematicians, computer scientists, and physicists, who work in the area of hot dense plasmas. We expect this workshop will to attract junior as well as senior participants.

Organizing Committee

Christina Back (General Atomics)
John Castor (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Physics)
Frank Graziani (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
Denise Hinkel (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
David Levermore (University of Maryland, Department of Mathematics)
Vyacheslav Lukin (United States Naval Research Laboratory)
Igor Sokolov (University of Michigan, AOSS)