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IJAPM 2012 Vol.2(3): 187-189 ISSN:2010-362X
DOI: 10.7763/IJAPM.2012.V2.85

Particle in Cell Simulation

F. Ebadpour and A. Navid

Abstract—Aim of this work is particle system simulation by the new programming language therefore we reviewed several methods for simulation of plasma systems. The particle-in-cell (PIC) method is then applied on a simple plasma system. In the PIC method ions are considered as a neutral-stationary background where electrons move around their initially occupied equilibrium states in one-dimension according to the Maxwell velocity distribution and the electromagnetic wave introduced as a disturbance into the system. The simulation starts from the point where the electromagnetic wave disturbs locations and velocities of the system particles (electrons) to reach an equilibrium state. The simulation program is written in SQL/Q-Basic. Here we demonstrated the successful use of PIC method on a wide variety of N particle plasma systems. In addition, this method could be used in three dimensional cases and with other field calculation methods, e.g. cloud-in-cell (CIC).

Index Terms—Particle in cell (PIC), vlasov code, full particle code, MHD code, two fluid code, test particle code, hybrid code, P3M technique, SQL language, NGP method, particle-particle code, tree code, cloud-in-cell (CIC).

The authors are with the Department of Sciences, Marand Branch, Islamic Azad University, Marand, Iran.


Cite: F. Ebadpour and A. Navid, "Particle in Cell Simulation," International Journal of Applied Physics and Mathematics  vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 187-189, 2012.

General Information

ISSN: 2010-362X (Online)
Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Appl. Phys. Math.
Frequency: Quarterly
DOI: 10.17706/IJAPM
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Haydar Akca 
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E-mail: ijapm@iap.org
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