Special Issue "Modelling of Plasma Flow"
A special issue of Fluids (ISSN 2311-5521).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2019.
Dr. Daniele Del Sarto
Plasmas, gazes of charged particles displaying a collective behavior and interacting with electromagnetic fields, due to their large number of constituents, provide the most frequently-encountered example in the universe of diluted continuous systems with multi-scale properties. The typical lack of collisions, for which they differ from classical gazes, highlights the importance of kinetic effects in the processes they are involved in, often far from thermodynamical equilibrium. Nevertheless, their collective behavior as continuous systems is well described by fluid-type equations: Either hydrodynamic-type equations for the large scale particle response to electromagnetic fields, i.e., the magnetohydrodynamic or multi-fluid plasma descriptions for the fluid moments of the distribution functions, or as continuity equations for the particle density in the phase-space, i.e., the Vlasov transport equation and its reduced models.
In both frameworks, the modelling of “plasma flows” plays a dominant role in the description of collective processes, such as instabilities, turbulence, transport processes, topological conservations and vortex dynamics, which may involve both magnetohydrodynamic-type vortices or “phase–space vortices” describing populations of trapped particles, dragged by the Hamiltonian flow.
On the other hand, remarkable advancements in plasma physics have considerably expanded the selection of available analytical tools and computational techniques, which may be applied to the study of nonlinear phenomena. These tools have brought great benefits to several applications in the physics of fluids, including the study of flow transition and thus of turbulence, both in the physical space and in the phase-space. Today, the numerical simulation of plasmas, which continues to be explored through the development and the use of both fluid and kinetic models, provides a range of challenges for computational scientists including those involved in the area of fluid dynamics. Fluid and plasma communities, indeed, share common algorithmic needs and similar computational and scientific methodologies.
The aim of this Special Issue is to collect a wide variety of papers which have as their unifying theme the modelling of plasma flows and of their associated instabilities or turbulence, as well as the use of analytical tools for the description of plasma processes that can be of interest to the physics of classical fluids. In order to grant accessibility to a wide audience, we intend to place a strong emphasis on the pedagogical presentation of subjects which may be relevant to the physics of laser plasma interaction, of magnetically confined plasmas fusion and astrophysical plasmas.
Dr. Alain Ghizzo
Dr. Daniele Del Sarto
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- fluid and kinetic modelling in plasmas
- plasma turbulence
- laser-plasma interaction
- magnetized plasmas