Multi-scale simulations of plasma with iPIC3D

Stefano Markidis, Giovanni Lapenta, Rizwan-uddin

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The implicit Particle-in-Cell method for the computer simulation of plasma, and its implementation in a three-dimensional parallel code, called iPIC3D, are presented. The implicit integration in time of the Vlasov-Maxwell system, removes the numerical stability constraints and it enables kinetic plasma simulations at magnetohydrodynamics time scales. Simulations of magnetic reconnection in plasma are presented to show the effectiveness of the algorithm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1509-1519
Number of pages11
JournalMathematics and Computers in Simulation
Issue number7
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • 3D Magnetic reconnection
  • Computational plasma physics
  • Implicit PIC
  • Particle-in-Cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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