Turning the current experimental laser-plasma accelerator state-of-the-art from a promising technology into mainstream scientific tools depends critically on high-performance, high-fidelity modeling of complex processes that develop over a wide range of space and time scales. While computer simulation tools are already essential to laser-plasma accelerator research, modeling of some of the complex and detailed three-dimensional physics is still a challenge. There is thus very active research and efforts going into the development of better algorithms and codes that utilize the latest computer architectures to their fullest. We will review the challenges, a selection of the proposed solutions and their application to the modeling of laser-driven electron, positron or ion acceleration, as well as plasma mirrors.
|Working group||Invited plenary talk|