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Kinetic Interaction Team (KIT) Announcement

Numerical Methods and Problems in Kinetic Simulation of Collisional Plasmas

Dec 19 - 20, 2013

Department of Mathematics, CSUN
Department of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics, Live Oak Hall (LO) 1300, 18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA
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The future success in development of applications involving flows of charged plasmas, that range from the development of plasma rocket thrusters to fiber optics to gas-laser interactions, depends on our ability to accurately and efficiently simulate such flows. At the same time, simulation of plasma flows continues to be challenging. The main difficulties include the problems of coupling kinetic and electromagnetic equations over vastly ranging temporal and spatial scales and efficient computation of kinetic collision operators. Additional difficulty is marked by the need for the development of better physical models of interactions between charged particles and their interaction with boundaries. The goal of this meeting is the development of novel numerical tools for simulation of emerging applications of plasma. The participants will address the goal by considering a few new problems in simulation of plasmas, identifying the numerical challenges and possible novel numerical approaches.


Exchange the ideas within an interdisciplinary research group between aerospace engineers, applied physicists and computational mathematicians

Identify emerging problems in the field of computational plasmas in which novel numerical techniques will have an impact on research with engineering applications

Develop new strategies for numerical simulation of emerging applications of plasmas



Alexander AlekseenkoCalifornia State University, Northridge,
Sergey GimelsheinUniversity of Southern California, Astronautical
Vladislav PanferovCalifornia State University, Northridge, Department of


Alexander AlekseenkoCalifornia State University, Northridge
Jorge BalbásCalifornia State University, Northridge
Jeremiah BrackbillParticleSolutions, Inc
Sergey GimelsheinUniversity of Southern California
Natalia GimelsheinERC Inc
Jeff HaackThe University of Texas at Austin
Fengyan LiRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Taylor LillyUniversity of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Vladislav PanferovCalifornia State University, Northridge
Mikhail ShneiderPrinceton University
Prakash VedulaOklahoma University
Chenglong ZhangUniversity of Texas at Austin


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Department of Mathematics, CSUN (CSUN)
Department of Mathematics, Live Oak Hall (LO) 1300, 18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA