PICKSC researchers are developing a number of useful tools for educational use in plasma physics courses. These include visual, interactive demos of physical effects, as well as example input decks that can be run with our codes to interactively investigate physics through simulation.
Guiding Center Drift Demo
Thamine Dalichaouch has written a Guiding Center Drift Demo that can be used interactively to visualize the motion of a charged particle or guiding center in an external electromagnetic field.
A variety of educational codes will be made available, suitable for classroom use. These codes will provide a sample input file for a variety of important concepts in plasma physics, such as wave phenomena, Landau damping, instabilities, and particle drifts. A common web-based interface is being constructed which can be used by all the codes, including unit translations.
Please contact us if you have ideas for simulation set ups to demonstrate a fundamental plasma phenomenon.