Computer simulation using particles. (English) Zbl 0662.76002

Bristol (UK) etc.: Adam Hilger. xxi, 540 p. £19.50 (1988).
This book on numerical physics deals with the use of particle methods in simulating plasmas and plasma-like media. All the principal steps of a computer experiment are described starting with the physical phenomenon. Much attention is paid to the computer testing of programs. The methods are illustrated in detail on some examples of plasma physics, astrophysics, semiconductor physics, and solid state physics.
There are 12 chapters: 1. Computer experiments using particle models; 2. A one-dimensional plasma model; 3. The simulation program; 4. Time integration schemes; 5. The particle-mesh force calculation; 6. The solution of the field equations; 7. Collisionless particle models; 8. Particle-particle-particle-mesh algorithms; 9. Plasma simulation; 10. Semiconductor device simulation; 11. Astrophysics; 12. Solids, liquids, and phase changes.
Reviewer: A.Pil’kevich


76-02 Research exposition (monographs, survey articles) pertaining to fluid mechanics
76X05 Ionized gas flow in electromagnetic fields; plasmic flow
82D10 Statistical mechanics of plasmas
76M99 Basic methods in fluid mechanics
76-04 Software, source code, etc. for problems pertaining to fluid mechanics