Sep 24 – 30, 2017
La Biodola, Isola d'Elba
Europe/Rome timezone

Modeling Multiple Coherent and Incoherent Photon Scattering in Solid-Density Plasmas with Particle-In-Cell Simulations

Sep 27, 2017, 5:00 PM
SBIO, Sala Biodola, Hotel Biodola

SBIO, Sala Biodola, Hotel Biodola

talk WG6 - Theory and Simulations WG6_Parallel


Mr Marco Garten (HZDR, TU Dresden)


Laser-driven solid density plasmas can be used to generate highly energetic electrons and ions. Diagnosing properties within those plasmas at nm length scales and down to fs time scales is crucial in understanding the involved processes. This has recently become feasible through the advent of X-Ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs). For instance, XFELs allow to image the electron density distribution within plasmas via Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS). We present a scalable GPU-based software framework for simulating photon scattering processes of X-ray beams in matter using Monte-Carlo methods. These simulations enable us to produce synthetic SAXS signals from the interaction of a modeled X-ray pulse with an arbitrarily complex, 3D electron density distribution obtained e.g. from detailed particle-in-cell simulations. Additionally we present radiation transport methods in our 3D3V fully-relativistic PIC code PIConGPU. These methods enhance modeling of self-imaging of solid-density plasmas and lay the foundation for in-situ simulations of pump-probe experiments. Our new framework allows for single and multiple scattering and is extendable to include complex physics processes like ionization, atomic excitation and de-excitation along the photon path to further enhance its predictive capability.

Primary author

Mr Marco Garten (HZDR, TU Dresden)


Mr Alexander Grund (HZDR) Mr Axel Huebl (HZDR, TU Dresden) Dr Carsten Fortmann-Grote (European XFEL GmbH) Mr Heiko Burau (HZDR) Dr Michael Bussmann (HZDR) Mr René Widera (HZDR) Prof. Thomas Cowan (HZDR) Dr Thomas Kluge (HZDR)

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