3D implicit PIC simulations of solar wind-body interactions

J. Deca 1 A. Divin 1 J. Amaya 1 S. Markidis 1 G. Lapenta 1 Bertrand Lembège 2
2 HEPPI - LATMOS
LATMOS - Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales
Abstract : We present three-dimensional Particle-in-Cell simulations of an unmagnetized body immersed in the solar wind. The simulations are performed using the implicit electromagnetic Particle-in-Cell code iPIC3D [Markidis, 2009]. Multiscale kinetic physics is resolved for all plasma components (heavy ions, protons and electrons) in the code, recently updated with a set of open boundary conditions designed for solar wind - body interaction studies. Particles are injected at the inflow side of the computational domain and absorbed at all others. In particular, iPIC3D is applied to: 1) a spacecraft charging study and 2) a detailed investigation of wake physics behind a Moon-sized body.
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J. Deca, A. Divin, J. Amaya, S. Markidis, G. Lapenta, et al.. 3D implicit PIC simulations of solar wind-body interactions. Ninth European Space Weather Week (ESWW), Nov 2012, Bruxelles, Belgium. ⟨hal-00778101⟩

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