The Computational Plasma Dynamics Lab's research projects focus on investigating high-fidelity physics models and developing novel computational algorithms that simulate plasma dynamics. Applications include magnetic confinement of plasmas for fusion, micro-plasma devices, advanced space propulsion, aerodynamic plasma actuators, and other plasma technologies.
Plasmas are modeled with the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) model and by more physically complete multi-fluid plasma models and continuum kinetic models. The algorithms are implemented on modern supercomputer architectures, multi-core and many-core CPU and GPU machines, using the message passing interface (MPI) and OpenCL. High-order accurate spatial discretizations are used - finite volume (WENO and CENO) and finite element (continuous and discontinuous Galerkin) methods.
The codes are applied to study computational plasma science and develop insight into plasma phenomena. Codes developed include a 3-D MHD code, WARP3, a co-located electrodynamics code that includes current sources, WARP4, a full multi-fluid (electron, ion, neutrals, impurities, ...) code, WARPX, and its variants WARPM and WARPXM.