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Simulating electromagnetic radiation from laser-wakefield acceleration plasmas
Pausch, R.; Debus, A.; Steiniger, K.; Widera, R.; Bussmann, M.;
Measuring the transient plasma density structures of Laser-wakefield accelerators (LWFA) that are shorter than the drive laser on a µmfs-scale is experimentally challenging, which complicates comparisons of these results with numerical models from 3D-PIC simulations. Radiation spectra from LWFA plasmas on the other hand are straightforward to measure, but hard to calculate in realistic detail because it is computationally expensive (both CPU and memory) to calculate the radiation emitted by a complete PIC simulation. However, it would be very useful to know where to look for "good" radiation signatures that show quantitative details on the electron dynamics at electron injection.
Here we present a highly-scalable, classical radiation code based on Liénard-Wiechert potentials, which runs on high-performance computing clusters using GPUs. The memory and disk-space footprint is reduced by directly integrating into the 3D-PIC code PIConGPU. With this new code, it is possible to calculate logarithmic-scaled spectra from IR to X-ray wavelengths in arbitrary observation directions. In this talk we put the emphasis on the code architecture, the verification of the physics and on some first results.
Keywords: laser-wakefield acceleration, LWFA, radiation spectra, radiation signatures, Liénard-Wiechert potentials, GPU, PIConGPU
  • Lecture (Conference)
    77. Jahrestagung der DPG und DPG-Frühjahrstagung, 04.-08.03.2013, Dresden, Deutschland

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