SOLAIRE PostGraduate School
Motivation and Structure
The school aims at a high-level training of postgraduates and young
researchers in solar plasma and radiation-transfer physics with particular attention
to the most recent computational techniques. It is intended to contribute to overcome
traditional boundaries between theory and observation, analytical and computational
approaches, macroscopic and microscopic modelling. The application of
modern computational methods to problems of solar physics not only extends our
knowledge in this very active contemporary research field, which is used as an astrophysical
plasma laboratory, but also provides an exciting and very suitable testbed
for numerical modelling because of the many available remote as well as in situ observations
computational results can be confronted with.
Structure of the School:
The school consists of two consecutive weeks. During the
first week the basics of the techniques of finite differences and volumes, particlein-
cell, multigrids and parallel computing will be explained in detail, along with
programming tools like Makefiles or the Concurrent Versions System (CVS) and Subversion (SVN) . There
will be extended lectures in the morning that will be accompanied by corresponding
exercises in the afternoons during which the participants will directly work with the
various computational methods in small groups together with experienced supervisors
in a computer lab.
Practical applications of these computational methods, as employed in various areas
of solar physics, will be the topics of the second week during which several
experienced researchers (see provisional list of speakers) will present some of their
models, codes, and results. There will be lectures on basic and advanced magnetohydrodynamics
(MHD), radiative and stationary MHD, reconnection and so-called
multiphysics. These in-depth (morning) presentations will be expanded on in (afternoon)
demonstration sessions in the computer lab.
In addition, there will be two plenary talks. The first will be by Prof. Annick Pouquet
(National Center of Atmopheric Research, Boulder, USA) on Open problems
in MHD turbulence and the second by Prof. Philip Roe (University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, USA) on Capturing very strong shock waves with Godunov-type methods.
With the presence of these two speakers the participants will have the opportunity
to get into direct contact with two world-leading experts in computational
physics and its applications.