Computational Plasma Physics Conference

The Computational Plasma Physics Conference took place between the 20 –22 November 2017 at Kings Manor in York (the archaeology department for York University).

It was organised by the IOP Plasma Physics Group, IOP Computational Physics Group, and CCP-Plasma (who gave travel and accommodation bursaries to PhD students attending).

The aim of this conference was to provide a snapshot of the state-of-the-art; examining the development, testing and optimisation of numerical techniques which are not only accurate but also fast, efficient and scalable on modern supercomputing platforms. It was also a forum for those developing and using plasma physics codes in academia and industry to discuss best practice. While the focus of the meeting was on applications to laboratory plasmas, there were also talks on atmospheric/astrophysical plasmas.

The morning of the first day was dedicated to introducing the algorithms, tools, codes and supporting infrastructure available to researchers new to the field of computational plasma physics with nine invited talks. The remainder of the conference was split into eight sessions each consisting of an invited talk and one to three contributed talks. There were seven invited talks and 14 contributed talks for the main conference, along with 21 posters.

The poster session, sponsored by AWE, was held on the Monday night. The best student poster prize, also sponsored by AWE, was awarded to Dominic Hill from Imperial College London for his work on ‘2D Vlasov-Fokker-Planck Simulations of Laser-Ablated Plasmas under ICF Relevant Conditions’. Henry Watkins and Stefan Mijin, both from Imperial College London, were poster prize runners-up for their work on ‘Modelling Laser Propagation with Magnetised Transport in Plasmas’ and ‘Development of a Fully Implicit Kinetic Code for Parallel Electron Transport in the Tokamak Scrape-Off Layer’, respectively.

It was a worthwhile conference, which sparked quite a few conversations between attendees and brought together physicists and computer scientists from both the UK and further afield including University of Warwick, UCL, ECMWF, Tech-X, RAL, Imperial College London, AWE, University of Leeds, CCFE, University of York, DESY, University of Bristol, and Arm.