We describe a spectral method for the numerical solution of the Vlasov–Poisson system where the velocity space is decomposed by means of an Hermite basis, and the configuration space is discretized via a Fourier decomposition. The novelty of our approach is an implicit time discretization that allows exact conservation of charge, momentum and energy. The computational efficiency and the cost-effectiveness of this method are compared to the fully-implicit PIC method recently introduced by Markidis and Lapenta (2011) and Chen et al. (2011). The following examples are discussed: Langmuir wave, Landau damping, ion-acoustic wave, two-stream instability. The Fourier–Hermite spectral method can achieve solutions that are several orders of magnitude more accurate at a fraction of the cost with respect to PIC.
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THEME Energy (theme 4)
Publisher north-holland
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cpc.2015.09.002
Journal Computer Physics Communications. An International Journal and Program Library for Computational Physics and Physical Chemistry
Citation
Camporeale, E, Delzanno, G.L, Bergen, B.K, & Moulton, J.D. (2016). On the velocity space discretization for the Vlasov-Poisson system: comparison between implicit Hermite spectral and Particle-in-Cell methods. Computer Physics Communications. An International Journal and Program Library for Computational Physics and Physical Chemistry , 198, 47–58. doi:10.1016/j.cpc.2015.09.002