A Parallel PIC-DSMC Code for Modeling Complex Plasmas

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-C-2511
Agency Tracking Number: O031-0041
Amount: $1,099,580.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD03-012
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
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TECH-X CORP.
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter H Stoltz
 Member of the Technical S
 (720) 563-0336
 pstoltz@txcorp.com
Business Contact
 John Cary
Title: CEO
Phone: (303) 448-0727
Email: cary@txcorp.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Many important aspects of Departmant of Defense (DoD) research involve systems where plasmas interact in a complex way with neutral gas, intense lasers, or other plasma species. Two reasons such complex plasma systems are difficult to simulate: (i) the orders of magnitude difference in, for examle, the plasma Debye length and the neutral mean free path or the size of the laser target, and (ii) the important role of collisions, which are lost in a traditional particle-in-cell (PIC) plasma simulation. Parallel computing techniques help address the first issue, and advanced algorithms like direct-simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) help address the second. DoD researchers therefore need a code that fully implements both parallel computing and DSMC-PIC, but is also easy to use. Currently no such code is available. In Phase I, this work demonstrated the capability of the VORPAL code to become a parallel plasma simulation code with the ability to model complex plasmas, including neutral species and collisions. The Phase II part of this work will complete the implementation of the Phase I DSMC algorithms, introduce advanced techniques like implicit electromagnetic algorithms and sub-cycling algorithms to help bridge spatial and temporal scales, develop a more user-friendly interface by creating bindings to Java and graphical tools for creating input files and analyzing output files.

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