Modelling and Simulation

Computational techniques for describing and predicting plasma properties. Accurate and well benchmarked simulations and models can predict new power coupling and distribution mechanisms, excitation schemes and configurations. 

About the Research Area

Plasma modelling and simulations are essential tools in the field of plasmas, helping us understand and predict the behaviour of plasmas in various applications, from fusion energy to plasma processing. By utilising mathematical models and computer simulations, we can gain insight into the complex and dynamic behaviour of plasmas and develop new techniques and technologies to manipulate and control them. Plasma modelling and simulation techniques include particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations, fluid simulations and hybrid models, each with its own advantages and limitations for different types of plasma applications. Plasma simulations coupled with diagnostics are particularly powerful in gaining a more complete understanding of plasma behaviour, and thus optimise plasma sources and develop new plasma-based technologies.

Modelling and Simulation Publications


Simulation study of stochastic heating in single-frequency capacitively coupled discharges with critical evaluation of analytical models. Sharma, S; Turner, M.M. Plasma Sources Science and Technology 2013

Use of particle-in-cell simulations to improve the actinometry technique for determination of absolute atomic oxygen density. Conway, J; Kechkar, S; O’Connor, N; Gaman, C; Turner, M.M; Daniels, S. Plasma Sources Science and Technology 2013

Simulation study of wave phenomena from the sheath region in single frequency capacitively coupled plasma discharges; Field reversals and ion reflection. Sharma, S; Turner, M.M. Physics of Plasmas 2013

Analysis of the excited argon atoms in the GEC RF reference cell by means of one-dimensional PIC simulations. Lauro-Taroni, L; Turner, M.M; Braithwaite, N.St.J. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 2004

One-dimensional simulation of an ion beam generated by a current-free double-layer. Meige, A; Boswell, R.W; Charles, C; Boeuf, J.-P; Hagelaar, G; Turner, M.M. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 2005

A numerical method for a singular perturbation problem arising in the modelling of plasma sheaths. Dunne, R.K; O’Riordan, E; Turner, M.M. International Journal of Computing Science and Mathematics 2007

3D transient thermal modelling of laser microchannel fabrication in lime-soda glass. Issa, A; Brabazon, D; Hashmi, M.S.J. Journal of Materials Processing Technology 2008