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1st Edition

Plasma Physics via Computer Simulation

ISBN 9780750310253
Published October 1, 2004 by CRC Press
504 Pages 208 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Divided into three main parts, the book guides the reader to an understanding of the basic concepts in this fascinating field of research. Part 1 introduces you to the fundamental concepts of simulation. It examines one-dimensional electrostatic codes and electromagnetic codes, and describes the numerical methods and analysis. Part 2 explores the mathematics and physics behind the algorithms used in Part 1. In Part 3, the authors address some of the more complicated simulations in two and three dimensions. The book introduces projects to encourage practical work Readers can download plasma modeling and simulation software — the ES1 program — with implementations for PCs and Unix systems along with the original FORTRAN source code. Now available in paperback, Plasma Physics via Computer Simulation is an ideal complement to plasma physics courses and for self-study.

Table of Contents

Why attempting to do plasma physics via computer simulation using particles makes good sense
Overall view of a one dimensional electrostatic program
A one dimensional electrostatic program ES1
Introduction to the numerical methods used
Projects for ES1
A 1d electromagnetic program EM1
Projects for EM1
Effects of the spatial grid
Effects of the finitw time ste
Energy-conserving simulation models
Multipole models
Kinetic theory for fluctuations and noise; collisions
Kinetic properties: theory, experience and heuristic estimates
Electrostatic programs in two and three dimensions
Electromagnetic programs in two and three dimensions
Particle loading, injection; boudary conditions and external circuit

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