Coupling fluid and kinetic codes for laser-driven inertial fusion energy simulations

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Physics


Coupling kinetic solutions of laser-plasma interactions to large-scale fluid simulations will help optimise experiments aimed at achieving thermonuclear fusion driven by lasers

Aims and objectives

The project will involve coupling the output the from the LPSE code that simulates the laser-plasma interactions including kinetic effects to Warwick's radiation-hydrodynamic code (Odin). The kinetic effects will be included via the LPSE code2. Specifically we would like to know the sensitivity of LPSE simulations to non-linear limiters and how these uncertainties affect the accuracy of Odin simulations by coupling the LPSE output into Odin's fast-electron models. This work therefore covers multi-scale modelling, uncertainty quantification and significant amounts of software development.

This will be the first code suite which directly couple the fast-electrons predicted from laser plasma codes such as LPSE into a radiation-hydrodynamics code.

This falls within the Plasmas and Lasers area of the Physical Sciences Theme of EPSRC the Plasmas and Lasers area of the Energy Theme


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/S022848/1 01/04/2019 30/09/2027
2228692 Studentship EP/S022848/1 01/10/2019 30/09/2023 Andrew Angus