Computational Methods in Plasma Physics
Analysis of methods for the numerical solution of the partial differential equations of plasma physics, including those of elliptic, parabolic, hyperbolic, and eigenvalue type. Topics include finite difference, finite element, spectral, particle-in-cell, Monte Carlo, moving grid, and multiple-time-scale techniques, applied to the problems of plasma equilibrium, transport and stability. Basic parallel programming concepts are discussed.
Sample reading list:
S.C. Jardin, Computational Methods in Plasma Physics
R.J. LeVeque, Finite Volume Methods for Hyperbolic Problems
Richtmyer & Morton, Difference Methods for Initial Value Problems
Briggs, A Multigrid Tutorial
C. Hirsch, Numerical Computation of Internal and External Flows
G. Strang & G. Fix, An Analysis of the Finite Element Method
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Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Graduate students and seniors only..
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