J. L. V. Lewandowski

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Recent progress in gyrokinetic particle-in-cell simulations of turbulent plasmas using the gyrokinetic toroidal code (GTC) is surveyed. In particular, recent results for electron temperature gradient (ETG) modes and their resulting transport are presented. Also, turbulence spreading, and the effects of the parallel nonlinearity, are described. The GTC code(More)
A new scheme, based on an exact separation between adiabatic and nonadiabatic electron responses, for particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations of drift-type modes is presented. The (linear and nonlinear) elliptic equations for the scalar fields are solved using a multigrid solver. The new scheme yields linear growth rates in excellent agreement with theory and it(More)
A new finite element Poisson solver is developed and applied to a global gyrokinetic toroidal code (GTC) which employs the field aligned mesh and thus a logically non-rectangular grid in a general geometry. Employing test cases where the analytical solutions are known, the finite element solver has been verified. The CPU time scaling versus the matrix size(More)
The effects of nonadiabatic electrons on ion temperature gradient drift instabilities have been studied in global toroidal geometry using the gyrokinetic particle simulation approach. Compared to the nonlinear global simulations based on only the adiabatic response of the electrons, we have found that the cross-field ion heat transport is two to three times(More)
A computational study of resistive drift waves in the edge plasma of a stellarator with an helical magnetic axis is presented. Three coupled field equations, describing the collisional drift wave dynamics in the linear approximation, are solved as an initial-value problem along the magnetic field line. The magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium is obtained from a(More)
With the rapid development of massively parallel computers, the particle-in-cell (PIC) approach to plasma microturbulence in toroidal geometry has become an increasingly important tool. Global, self-consistent simulations with up to 100 millions particles yield valuable insights in the dynamics of the turbulence. The inclusion of the fast-moving electrons(More)
A new multigrid algorithm based on the method of self-correction for the solution of elliptic problems is described. The method exploits information contained in the residual to dynamically modify the source term (right-hand side) of the elliptic problem. It is shown that the self-correcting solver is more efficient at damping the short wavelength modes of(More)
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