Large-timestep mover for particle simulations of arbitrarilymagnetized species

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For self-consistent ion-beam simulations including electron motion, it is desirable to be able to follow electron dynamics accurately without being constrained by the electron cyclotron timescale. To this end, we have developed a particle-advance that interpolates between full particle dynamics and drift motion. By making a proper choice of interpolation parameter, simulation particles experience physically correct parallel dynamics, drift motion, and gyroradius when the timestep is large compared to the cyclotron period, though the effective gyro frequency is artificially low; in the opposite timestep limit, the method approaches a conventional Boris particle push. By combining this scheme with a Poisson ... continued below

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Cohen, R.H.; Friedman, A.; Grote, D.P. & Vay, J-L. March 26, 2007.

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For self-consistent ion-beam simulations including electron motion, it is desirable to be able to follow electron dynamics accurately without being constrained by the electron cyclotron timescale. To this end, we have developed a particle-advance that interpolates between full particle dynamics and drift motion. By making a proper choice of interpolation parameter, simulation particles experience physically correct parallel dynamics, drift motion, and gyroradius when the timestep is large compared to the cyclotron period, though the effective gyro frequency is artificially low; in the opposite timestep limit, the method approaches a conventional Boris particle push. By combining this scheme with a Poisson solver that includes an interpolated form of the polarization drift in the dielectric response, the movers utility can be extended to higher-density problems where the plasma frequency of the species being advanced exceeds its cyclotron frequency. We describe a series of tests of the mover and its application to simulation of electron clouds in heavy-ion accelerators.

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  • 16th International Symposium on Heavy IonInertial Fusion HIF06, Saint-Malo, France, July 9-14th,2006

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  • Report No.: LBNL--62812
  • Report No.: HIFAN 1568
  • Grant Number: DE-AC02-05CH11231
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 909520
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc881651

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Cohen, R.H.; Friedman, A.; Grote, D.P. & Vay, J-L. Large-timestep mover for particle simulations of arbitrarilymagnetized species, article, March 26, 2007; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc881651/: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.