Kinetic simulation of magnetic field generation and collisionless shock formation in expanding laboratory plasmas

  title={Kinetic simulation of magnetic field generation and collisionless shock formation in expanding laboratory plasmas},
  author={William Fox and Jackson Matteucci and Clement Moissard and Derek B. Schaeffer and Amit Kumar Bhattacharjee and Kai Germaschewski and S. X. Hu},
  journal={Physics of Plasmas},
Recent laboratory experiments with laser-produced plasmas have observed and studied a number of fundamental physical processes relevant to magnetized astrophysical plasmas, including magnetic reconnection, collisionless shocks, and magnetic field generation by Weibel instability, opening up new experimental platforms for laboratory astrophysics. We develop a fully kinetic simulation model for first-principles simulation of these systems including the dynamics of magnetic fields---magnetic field… 

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