Multidimensional Hall magnetohydrodynamics with isotropic or anisotropic thermal pressure: Numerical scheme and its validation using solitary waves

Marek Strumik, Krzysztof Stasiewicz
2017 Journal of Computational Physics  
We present a numerical solver for plasma dynamics simulations in Hall magnetohydrodynamic (HMHD) approximation in one, two and three dimensions. We consider both isotropic and anisotropic thermal pressure cases, where a general gyrotropic approximation is used. Both explicit energy conservation equation and general polytropic state equations are considered. The numerical scheme incorporates second-order Runge-Kutta advancing in time and Kurganov-Tadmor scheme with van Leer flux limiter for the
more » ... pproximation of fluxes. A flux-interpolated constrained-transport approach is used to preserve solenoidal magnetic field in the simulations. The implemented code is validated using several test problems previously described in the literature. Additionally, we propose a new validation method for HMHD codes based on solitary waves that provides a possibility of quantitative rigorous testing in nonlinear (large amplitude) regime as an extension to standard tests using small-amplitude whistler waves. Quantitative tests of accuracy and performance of the implemented code show the fidelity of the proposed approach.
doi:10.1016/ fatcat:sziksj6mtbcrlbeceefrtyjcbq