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Title: A fully non-linear multi-species Fokker–Planck–Landau collision operator for simulation of fusion plasma

Fusion edge plasmas can be far from thermal equilibrium and require the use of a non-linear collision operator for accurate numerical simulations. The non-linear single-species Fokker–Planck–Landau collision operator developed by Yoon and Chang (2014) [9] is generalized to include multiple particle species. Moreover, the finite volume discretization used in this work naturally yields exact conservation of mass, momentum, and energy. The implementation of this new non-linear Fokker–Planck–Landau operator in the gyrokinetic particle-in-cell codes XGC1 and XGCa is described and results of a verification study are discussed. Finally, the numerical techniques that make our non-linear collision operator viable on high-performance computing systems are described, including specialized load balancing algorithms and nested OpenMP parallelization. As a result, the collision operator's good weak and strong scaling behavior are shown.
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  1. Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
  2. Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9991; PII: S0021999116300298
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-09CH11466; AC05-00OR22725; SC0008449; AC02-06CH11357; AC05-00OR22725; AC02-05CH11231
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Computational Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 315; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9991
Research Org:
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY plasma; fusion; collision operator; XGC; particle-in-cell