Particle-In-Cell techniques for plasma simulations

The course is held by dott. Popoli and prof. Cristofolini and is part of the training provided for IBES PhD Students - a.y.2022/2023

  • Date:

    10 MAY
    12 MAY 2023
     from 10:00 to 13:30
  • Event location: Auletta DEI - Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering "Guglielmo Marconi" DEI - Viale Risorgimento, 2 - Bologna - In presence and online event

  • Type: IBES Course


The course starts with a review of the main physical features of non-thermal plasmas, produced by gas discharges. The main differences between fluid and kinetic approaches for numerical simulations are highlited from the perspective of modelling non-equilibrium phoenomena. The fundamentals of the Particle-In-Cell technique (also widely employed in semiconductor modelling) are presented. Participants are guided in the development of a simple 1D electrostatic collisionless PIC code, to be subsequently extended to include a Monte Carlo Collision module for chemical reactions.


10th-12th May; 10 AM - 1:30 PM


For those who will be attending in person

Since some practice exercises are planned, taking a laptop with you is strongly recommended.

The course is part of the training provided for IBES PhD Students in the academic year 2022/2023.

The IBES PhD Students who attend the course and pass the final test:


Check the links above for further information about the specific academic requirements for each cyle and how to comply with them.


Arturo Popoli

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

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prof. Andrea Cristofolini

Full Professor

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