Space Plasma Simulation

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Jörg Büchner, Christian Dum, Manfred Scholer
Springer, Jan 11, 2008 - Science - 354 pages
The aim of this book is twofold: to provide an introduction for newcomers to state of the art computer simulation techniques in space plasma physics and an overview of current developments. Computer simulation has reached a stage where it can be a highly useful tool for guiding theory and for making predictions of space plasma phenomena, ranging from microscopic to global scales. The various articles are arranged, as much as possible, according to the - derlying simulation technique, starting with the technique that makes the least number of assumptions: a fully kinetic approach which solves the coupled set of Maxwell’s equations for the electromagnetic ?eld and the equations of motion for a very large number of charged particles (electrons and ions) in this ?eld. Clearly, this is also the computationally most demanding model. Therefore, even with present day high performance computers, it is the most restrictive in terms of the space and time domain and the range of particle parameters that can be covered by the simulation experiments. It still makes sense, therefore, to also use models, which due to their simp- fying assumptions, seem less realistic, although the e?ect of these assumptions on the outcome of the simulation experiments needs to be carefully assessed.
 

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Contents

Parallel 3D Electromagnetic Particle Code
25
Full Particle Electromagnetic Simulation of Collisionless Shocks
54
Simulation of Electron Beam Instabilities
79
Kinetic Simulation of Inhomogeneous Plasma
93
Low Noise Electrostatic and Electromagnetic Deltaf
109
Particle Simulation of Dusty Plasmas
125
Hall Magnetohydrodynamics A Tutorial
166
Global Magnetohydrodynamics A Tutorial
212
Adaptive Mesh Refinement
247
Finite Volume TVD Schemes for Magnetohydrodynamics
275
Global Magnetohydrodynamic Simulation
296
Numerical Schemes for the Analysis of Turbulence A Tutorial
315
Subject Index
345
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