Asymptotically Preserving Particle-in-Cell Methods for Inhomogeneous Strongly Magnetized Plasmas

Francis Filbet, Luis Miguel Rodrigues
2017 SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis  
We propose a class of Particle-In-Cell (PIC) methods for the Vlasov-Poisson system with a strong and inhomogeneous external magnetic field with fixed direction, where we focus on the motion of particles in the plane orthogonal to the magnetic field (so-called poloidal directions). In this regime, the time step can be subject to stability constraints related to the smallness of Larmor radius and plasma frequency. To avoid this limitation, our approach is based on first and higher-order
more » ... cit numerical schemes already validated on dissipative systems [3] and for homogeneous magnetic fields [10] . Thus, when the magnitude of the external magnetic field becomes large, this method provides a consistent PIC discretization of the guiding-center system taking into account variations of the magnetic field. We carry out some theoretical proofs and perform several numerical experiments that establish a solid validation of the method and its underlying concepts.
doi:10.1137/17m1113229 fatcat:dtnkzdut75cx3dwxcjbbc52kum