Mini-course/workshop on the application of computational mathematics to plasma physics

24–27 June 2019

Plasma is the “fourth state of matter", consisting of electrons and ions that are not bonded to each other. Plasma physics studies the collective behaviour of plasmas and their interaction with electromagnetic field and gravity, and has a wide range of applications such as controlled fusion, space propulsion, astrophysics, solar physics and material processing. Numerical solution and simulation play a key role in plasma physics, especially for complicated geometry and highly nonlinear processes.

Computational mathematics is deeply embedded in plasma simulations, as the equations of interest are often high dimensional, nonlinear and sometimes singular. This event aims to promote communications between computational mathematicians and plasma physicists, to seek solutions to the long-standing difficulties in computational plasma physics, and identify applications for newly developed algorithms and computational techniques.

This event is part of the MSI Special Year 2019 in Computational Mathematics.

June 24-25: Mini-course

The mini-course is intended to familiarise the students and staffs in both computational mathematics and plasma physics with numerical methods relevant to the workshop. It is also helpful as a recap for mathematicians, and an opportunity for physicist to understand the underlying mathematics of the relevant numerical codes.

June 26-27: Workshop

In the workshop, plasma physicists will describe unsolved or difficult computational plasma physics problems they have encountered in their work. Mathematicians will present potential applications of their work.

Invited speakers

  • Prof. Frank Jenko, Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics, Germany
  • Dr. Stuart Hudson, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Dr. David Pfefferle, the University of Western Australia
  • A/Prof. Lei Chang, Sichuan University
  • Dr. Naoki Sato, Kyoto University
  • Dr Seikichi Matsuoka, National Institute for Fusion Science
  • Dr Apurv Kumar, Australian National University

Organsing committee

  • Zhisong Qu, Australian National University
  • Matthew Hole, Australian National University
  • Robert Dewar, Australian National University

Partners & sponsors

Sessions

24 June 2019
Time Session
Mini-course program
8:30am - 8:40am
Opening and Logistics
8:40am-10:40am
A primer on gyrokinetics
Frank Jenko
10:40am-11:00am
Coffee break
11:00am - 12:00pm
Introduction to Helicon Plasma
Lei Chang
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Discontinuous Galerkin method and application in hyperbolic equations
Kenneth Duru
2:00pm - 3:30pm
A Brief Tour of Smooth Manifolds, Symplectic Forms & Hamiltonian Mechanics.
Peter Vassiliou
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Coffee break
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Monte-Carlo/PIC methods to solve Vlasov-Boltzmann equation
David Pfefferle
25 June 2019
Time Session
Mini-course program
8:40am - 9:40pm
An introduction to Beltrami fields in plasma and fluid dynamics
Naoki Sato
9:40am-10:40pm
Numerical construction of Beltrami fields and stepped-pressure equilibria
Stuart Hudson
10:40am-11:00am
Coffee break
11:00am-12:00pm
Computational Multiphase Fluid Dynamics
Apurv Kumar
12:00pm-1:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Uncertainty quantification
Stephen Roberts
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Solutions to shallow water wave equations (tentative)
Sudi Mungkasi
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sparse grid method and applications
Markus Hegland / Yuancheng Zhou
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Coffee break
4:00pm - 5:00pm
An iterative regularization method for an inverse problem in plasma physics
Rommel Real
26 June 2019
Time Session
Workshop program
8:50am - 9:00am
Opening and Logistics
9:00am - 10:00am
The gyrokinetic turbulence code GENE: Behind the scenes (Plenary)
Frank Jenko
10:00am - 10:40pm
Recent development of a global full-f gyrokinetic simulation code for stellarator/heliotron plasmas
Seikichi Matsuoka
10:40am - 11:00am
Coffee break
11:00am - 11:40pm
Multiphase flow modelling in Solar thermal
Apurv Kumar
11:40am - 12:20pm
Monte-Carlo numerical solution of the Vlasov equation (tentative)
David Pfefferle
12:20pm - 1:20pm
Lunch
12:20pm - 2:50pm
Student talks
2:50pm - 3:00pm
Summary and discussion
3:00pm - 3:20pm
Coffee break
3:20pm - 4:00pm
Singular and asymmetric Beltrami field solutions of the ideal MHD equations
Naoki Sato
4:00pm - 4:40pm
Some mathematical problems associated with calculating 3D MHD equilibria
Stuart Hudson
4:40pm - 5:20pm
Thin plate splines
Linda Stals
27 June 2019
Time Session
Workshop program
9:00am - 10:00am
Theory and applications of perfectly matching layers (plenary)
Kenneth Duru
10:00am - 10:40pm
Integrated modelling and data fusion (tentative)
Matthew Hole
10:40am - 11:00am
Coffee break
11:00am - 11:40pm
Gap modes using the ElectroMagnetic Solver
Lei Chang
11:40am - 12:20pm
TBA
Greg Von Nessi
12:20pm-1:20pm
Lunch
1:20pm - 3:20pm
Student talks
3:20pm - 3:30pm
Discussion and conclusion of the workshop
3:30pm - 4:00pm
MSI Colloquium Coffee
MSI Colloquium
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Can Constructing “Chaotic coordinates” Help to Understand Transport in Non-Integrable Dynamical Systems?
Stuart Hudson

Registration is now open. Registration will close on the 17 June 2019.

 AINSE is pleased to sponsor travel for students from interstate and NZ.  To  request this support please send an email to either Brittany Joyce (admin.research.msi@anu.edu.au) or Dr Zhisong Qu (zhisong.qu@anu.edu.au) together with a CV and a few sentences describing your current project and addressing why the workshop is helpful.  

 

 

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