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

150 years of Maxwell's (other) equations and application to plasma wakefield acceleration

Sep 26, 2017, 4:00 PM
SBIO, Sala Biodola, Hotel Biodola

SBIO, Sala Biodola, Hotel Biodola

talk WG6 - Theory and Simulations WG6_Parallel


Dr Timon Mehrling (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY)


In 1867, just two years after laying the foundations of electromagnetism, J. Clerk Maxwell presented a fundamental paper on gas dynamics, in which he described the evolution of the gas in terms of certain "moments" of its velocity distribution function. This inspired Ludwig Boltzmann to formulate his famous kinetic equation, from which followed the H-theorem and the connection with entropy. The present talk celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Maxwell's formalism, and discusses how its generality and adaptability enable it to play a key role in efficient modeling of electron beams in plasma wakefield acceleration.

Primary author

Prof. Robert Robson (James Cook University)


Dr Jens Osterhoff (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY) Dr Timon Mehrling (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY)

Presentation materials