, Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen
HPC Platform used:
SuperMUC and SuperMUC-NG
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The hot and dilute astrophysical plasmas - from Solar to galactic scales - are inherently turbulent. The turbulence determines transport and structure formation in accretion disks, in the interstellar medium, in clusters of galaxies as well as their observable radiation. Due to its routing in microscopic kinetic processes the turbulence of astrophysical plasmas is, however, not well understood, yet. Utilizing state-of-the-art microphysics particle-in-cell codes in this project self-consistent 3D electromagnetic kinetic simulations were performed to simulate the kinetic turbulence inherently linked with two fundamental processes of energy conversion in the Universe – collisionless shock waves and magnetic reconnection.