American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2013 location:San Francisco date:9-13 December 2013
Even for extended fluid plasma models, like Hall, anisotropic ion pressure and multi fluid MHD, there are still many plasma phenomena that are not well captured. For this reason, we have coupled the Implicit Particle-In-Cell (iPIC3D) code with the BATSRUS global MHD code. The PIC solver is applied in a part of the computational domain, for example, in the vicinity of reconnection sites, and overwrites the MHD solution. On the other hand, the fluid solver provides the boundary conditions for the PIC code. To demonstrate the use of the coupled codes for magnetospheric applications, we perform a 2D magnetosphere simulation, where BATSRUS solves for Hall MHD in the whole domain except for the tail reconnection region, which is handled by iPIC3D.