Simulation studies of linear and nonlinear waves in space plasmas



The simulation studies will require the development of suitable computer codes to conduct plasma simulations using fluid theory or kinetic theory. The evolution of the plasma is followed from when linear waves are supported to when nonlinear structures form as a consequence of plasma instability. The properties of the simulated linear waves will be compared with the results of kinetic theory. In the nonlinear wave regime, generation mechanisms and stability of the simulated solitons and the effects of overtaking and colliding solitons will be investigated.