Date : 11/16 (Wed) [15:00 - 17:00] @ F313
Speaker: Prof. Yasuhiko Sentoku (Osaka University)
Title : Enabling Numerical Modeling of Extreme-Intensity Laser Produced Dense Plasma
Abstract: The sun gives enormous energy on the earth. Inside the sun charged particles and photons interact each others and form the complex states of matter. The physics in such extreme states of matter is called the high energy density physics (HEDP). The HEDP is considerable interest due to their relevance to inertial confinement fusion as well as astrophysical plasmas found in the stellar interiors, the cores of the giant planets, galactic nuclei and x-ray binaries. Due to the recent technological advances, lasers with sub-picosecond duration with petawatt power, which is a few order of magnitudes higher than the total electric consumption power on the globe, are now available. Such strong laser light is capable of producing a solid-state high temperature plasmas, which is equivalent to the states of matter inside the sun. So the powerful laser allows us study the physics inside the stars on the earth, namely, in laboratory. Although the intense short pulse can create the extreme states of matter, the physics in such states is actually very complicated because the plasma is non-thermal and no-equilibrated. It is also difficult to diagnose the high temperature plasmas with the fine spatiotemporal resolution since the experimental diagnostics are limited at this moment. So that it is not easy to see what is going on inside the plasma only with the experimental data. Numerical simulations on large computer system are used these days in many science researches since they are powerful tools to understand the physics behind. In the proposed work, a simulation code will be developed, which is capable to simulate the critical details of formation of extreme states of matter in the laser-matter interaction, including various atomic processes, such as collisions, ionizations, and radiations. The code will be used to explore the HEDP in various parameter regimes and also to optimize the fusion processes in the laser-produced plasmas. In this talk, I will introduce the laser-plasma simulation code, PICLS, which is based on a particle-in-cell scheme, capable to simulate plasma kinetics, particle acceleration, energy transport, x-ray radiation, and radiation transport in laser-produced dense plasmas.


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