Particle-in-Cell Technique with Monte Carlo Collisions for Plasma Simulation and Application to Fusion
37th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference - 2013 June 11

Presented at:
37th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference
2013 June 11
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
Student Conference Session

Boone Tensuda (McMaster University)
Adriaan Buijs (McMaster University)


The particle-in-cell(PIC) technique is a well established computational method for the simulation of plasmas. This study will explore the potential for the PIC technique as a method of simulating plasmas which are undergoing nuclear fusion. The standard PIC framework is used, however collisions which are relevant to fusion are added using the Monte-Carlo model. The resulting neutron distribution, as well as the energy obtained from the fusion events as a function of density and temperature are obtained, and compared to accepted results. The advantages and disadvantages of the PIC method for this application will also be discussed.

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