A plasma is a (partially or fully) ionized gas. It consists of neutral atoms or molecules, ions, electrons, excited species, photons and radicals. More than 99% of the visible universe is in plasma-state (e.g., the sun, stars, nebulae, solar corona,...). Beside these natural plasmas, plasmas can also be created by humans, i.e., for fusion research and for many technological applications, e.g., materials technology, micro-electronics, lamps, lasers, plasma-TVs, analytical chemistry, environmental and medical applications.
To optimize these applications, a good insight in the plasma processes is desired. This can be obtained by computer simulations.
In this course, the students will be made familiar with the computational description of plasmas, i.e., the computer simulations to describe the behavior of different kinds of species which occur in plasmas, to predict under which conditions optimal results for different applications can be obtained.
The course consists of one theory lesson, followed by practical examples. Different computer codes will be explained. The student will learn how to work with a simple 0D kinetic model, a fluid model, a Monte Carlo model, a hybrid model and molecular dynamics simulations. Based on their experiences, they will write a short paper (2 pages) explaining the different models, with the advantages and disadvantages.
This course contributes to realizing the following general aims of the Master education Chemistry: M1, M2, M5, M6, M7, M10, M11; and of the Master education Physics: M3, M4, M5, M6.