3D magnetospheric parallel hybrid multi-grid method applied to planet-plasma interactions

Ludivine Leclercq 1, * Ronan Modolo 1, * François Leblanc 1 Sebastien Hess 2 Marco Mancini 3
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1 HEPPI - LATMOS
LATMOS - Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales
Abstract : We present a new method to exploit multiple refinement levels within a 3D parallel hybrid model, developed to study planet-plasma interactions. This model is based on the hybrid formalism: ions are kinetically treated whereas electrons are considered as a inertia-less fluid. Generally, ions are represented by numerical particles whose size equals the volume of the cells. Particles that leave a coarse grid subsequently entering a refined region are split into particles whose volume corresponds to the volume of the refined cells. The number of refined particles created from a coarse particle depends on the grid refinement rate. In order to conserve velocity distribution functions and to avoid calculations of average velocities, particles are not coalesced. Moreover, to ensure the constancy of particles' shape function sizes, the hybrid method is adapted to allow refined particles to move within a coarse region. Another innovation of this approach is the method developed to compute grid moments at interfaces between two refinement levels. Indeed, the hybrid method is adapted to accurately account for the special grid structure at the interfaces, avoiding any overlapping grid considerations. Some fundamental test runs were performed to validate our approach (e.g quiet plasma flow, Alfven wave propagation). Lastly, we also show a planetary application of the model, simulating the interaction between Jupiter's moon Ganymede and the Jovian plasma.
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Ludivine Leclercq, Ronan Modolo, François Leblanc, Sebastien Hess, Marco Mancini. 3D magnetospheric parallel hybrid multi-grid method applied to planet-plasma interactions. Journal of Computational Physics, Elsevier, 2016, 309, pp.295-313. ⟨10.1016/j.jcp.2016.01.005⟩. ⟨insu-01253277⟩

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