The Particle-In-Cell (PIC) method has been developed by Oscar Buneman, Charles Birdsall, Roger W. Hockney, and John Dawson in the 1950s and, with the advances of computing power, has been further developed for several fields such as astrophysical, magnetospheric as well as solar plasmas and recently also for atmospheric and laser physics. Currently more than 15 semi-public PIC codes are available. Its applications have grown extensively with increasing computing power available on high performance computing facilities around the world. These systems allow the study of various topics of astrophysical plasmas, such as magnetic reconnection, pulsars and black hole.
- Pub Date:
- August 2020
- Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
- 93 pages, 39 figures, Invited review article for Living Reviews in Computational Astrophysics, comments are welcomed, Living Reviews in Computational Astrophysics, submitted, 2020