Technical Report 2002-028

Numerical Modelling of the Two-Dimensional Vlasov-Maxwell System

Bengt Eliasson

October 2002

The two-dimensional Vlasov-Maxwell system for a plasma with mobile, magnetised electrons and ions, is investigated numerically. Special attention is paid to the conservation of the divergences of the electric and magnetic fields in the Maxwell equations. The Maxwell equations are rewritten, by means of the Lorentz potentials, in a form which conserves these divergences. Linear phenomena are investigated numerically and compared with theory and with previous numerical results.

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