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Stable discrete representation of relativistically drifting plasmas

  • Author(s): Kirchen, M
  • Lehe, R
  • Godfrey, BB
  • Dornmair, I
  • Jalas, S
  • Peters, K
  • Vay, JL
  • Maier, AR
  • et al.

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© 2016 Author(s). Representing the electrodynamics of relativistically drifting particle ensembles in discrete, co-propagating Galilean coordinates enables the derivation of a Particle-In-Cell algorithm that is intrinsically free of the numerical Cherenkov instability for plasmas flowing at a uniform velocity. Application of the method is shown by modeling plasma accelerators in a Lorentz-transformed optimal frame of reference.

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