Monte Carlo approach to calculate proton stopping in warm dense matter within particle-in-cell simulations

D. Wu, X. T. He, W. Yu, S. Fritzsche
2017 Physical review. E  
A Monte-Carlo approach to proton stopping in warm dense matter is implemented into an existing particle-in-cell code. The model is based on multiple binary-collisions among electron-electron, electron-ion and ion-ion, taking into account contributions from both free and bound electrons, and allows to calculate particle stopping in much more natural manner. At low temperature limit, when "all" electron are bounded at the nucleus, the stopping power converges to the predictions of Bethe-Bloch
more » ... ry, which shows good consistency with data provided by the NIST. With the rising of temperatures, more and more bound electron are ionized, thus giving rise to an increased stopping power to cold matter, which is consistent with the report of a recently experimental measurement [Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 215002 (2015)]. When temperature is further increased, with ionizations reaching the maximum, lowered stopping power is observed, which is due to the suppression of collision frequency between projected proton beam and hot plasmas in the target.
doi:10.1103/physreve.95.023207 pmid:28297992 fatcat:xtop7yz6xvfkjcfvt2jooqrhdi