Research

Computational Plasma Dynamics Lab

The Computational Plasma Dynamics Lab's research projects focus on developing novel computational algorithms that simulate plasma dynamics.

The plasmas are modeled with the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) model and by more physically complete two-fluid plasma models. The algorithms are implemented on parallel supercomputers using the message passing interface (MPI).

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, and a full multi-fluid (electron, ion, neutrals, impurities, ...) code, WARPX, a continuum kinetic code WARPM, and a full multi-fluid code for unstructured grids WARPXM.