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Title: Spectral solver for multi-scale plasma physics simulations with dynamically adaptive number of moments

A spectral method for kinetic plasma simulations based on the expansion of the velocity distribution function in a variable number of Hermite polynomials is presented. The method is based on a set of non-linear equations that is solved to determine the coefficients of the Hermite expansion satisfying the Vlasov and Poisson equations. In this paper, we first show that this technique combines the fluid and kinetic approaches into one framework. Second, we present an adaptive strategy to increase and decrease the number of Hermite functions dynamically during the simulation. The technique is applied to the Landau damping and two-stream instability test problems. Performance results show 21% and 47% saving of total simulation time in the Landau and two-stream instability test cases, respectively.
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  1. Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  3. Centre for Mathematical Plasma Astrophysics (CmPA) (Belgium)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Procedia Computer Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 51; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1877-0509
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; plasma simulations; spectral methods; fluid-kinetic coupling