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Loading experimental velocity distributions into particle-in-cell simulations of space and fusion plasmas

  • D. SCHRIVER (a1), J.-N. LEBOEUF (a2), M. ASHOUR-ABDALLA (a1) (a2), M. EL-ALAOUI (a1), J.-M. BOSQUED (a3) and V. SOTNIKOV (a4)...


The increasing resolution in space and time with which multi-directional velocity distribution functions can be measured in laboratory and space plasmas makes it feasible to initialize particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations from experimental observations. We showcase this emerging capability for ion velocity space shells where the ion macro-particles are initialized in the PIC simulations according to the velocity distribution measured by the Cluster satellites.


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