Professor Cary, below, discussed Use of Computation for Understanding Plasmas in a video interview for the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering Fundamentals of Plasmas Series.
In Use of Computation for Understanding Plasmas, part of The Fundamentals of Plasmas series of the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering, Prof. John R. Cary explains how computer simulations are a form of virtual reality. Dr. Cary explains that by using computer simulations, you can solve the very complex equations that describe how plasmas form and interact with matter, and virtually sit inside the plasma. These computer simulations not only provide insights on the very basic plasma physics, but can also be used to design technology devices that use plasmas.
John Cary is CEO and co-founder of Tech-X Corporation, as well as Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Cary received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He previously worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Institute for Fusion Studies at the University of Texas. Dr. Cary’s recent service to the physics community includes being associate editor for Reviews of Modern Physics, being on the Executive Committees of the Division of Plasma Physics and the Division of Beam Physics of the American Physical Society where he is currently chair of the Division of Plasma Physics. He has advised PhD and Masters degree students and taught at all university levels. A frequently invited speaker, Professor Cary’s interests are in computational physics, including algorithm development and modern approaches, beam physics, plasma physics, nonlinear dynamics, and electromagnetics of structures. Professor Cary is a fellow of the American Physical Society with over 170 refereed publications. John Cary has received awards including the Buneman Award for Visualization, the John Dawson Prize for Numerical Simulation of Plasmas, and the IEEE NPSS Charles K. Birdsall Award for Contributions to Computational Nuclear and Plasma Sciences, as well as the senior level IEEE NPSS PAST Award.
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Professor Cary, below, is a founder of Tech-X Corporation, a Fellow of the Center for Integrated Plasma Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an active IEEE member.
The Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Technical Committee (PAST) of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society awards the prestigious Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of particle accelerator science and technology. Two Awards are granted in each occurrence of the Particle Accelerator Conferences held in North America (NAPAC or IPAC): one award is given to a senior level scientist and technologist and the other award is given to an individual early in his/her career.
The 2019 PAST Awards will be presented at the 2019 North American Particle Accelerator Conference (NAPAC2019), which will be held in Lansing, Michigan USA, 1-6 September, 2019.
John R. Cary, is a Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado and a CEO of Tech-X Corporation who has made important and diverse contributions throughout accelerator science and related fields. Professor Cary’s contributions include basic discoveries in nonlinear dynamics and advances in computational physics, as well as their application to specific accelerator and beam systems. Much of his work (separatrix crossing, one of Arnold’s 10 mathematical discoveries of the 1980s, and electromagnetic algorithms) has been fundamental and cited in many other fields. His work on advanced accelerator physics includes the computational illustration of self-trapping and the acceleration of electrons from laser-plasma interaction (one of the Nature’s scientific highlights of 2004), determination of the reasons for the observed emittance difference along and transverse to the direction of the laser polarization, and the method for combining laser pulses with different transverse variations to obtain a more mildly focusing wake field. Work specific to conventional accelerators includes the discovery of nonlinear, integrable accelerator lattices, a method for calculating the equilibria of beams in such lattices, and the discovery of a photonic-crystal based accelerator cavity with reduced wake fields.
Professor Cary has been active in the IEEE, including helping organize the Particle Accelerator Conference, and in the Divisions of Physics of Beams (DPB) and Plasma Physics (DPP) of the American Physical Society, including being Chair of the APS-DPP.
Professor Cary received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979. He worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory 1978-80, then the University of Texas 1980-1984. Dr. Cary joined the faculty at the University of Colorado in 1984, where he has been employed until the present. In 1994 Professor Cary co-founded (with Svetlana Shasharina Cary) Tech-X Corporation, which develops computational software for modeling accelerators and other physical systems.
Boulder, Colorado - March 13, 2017:
March 21-23, 2017
Tech-X will exhibit at 2017 Optical Networking and Communication Conference and Exhibition in Los Angeles, California. Join us in Booth 2449.
Boulder, Colorado - February 15, 2017:
Researcher Yelong Wei used VSim to determine the quality of an electron beam from a dielectric dual grating structure, which is a proposed miniature particle accelerator. Particle accelerators are, in general, big and costly. The size and expense of particle accelerators is largely due to the limit of current RF cavity technology in terms of how much each cavity can accelerate particles without electrical breakdown. Extremely high particle energies are needed to explore fundamental subatomic processes. Dielectric laser-driven accelerators (DLAs) based on grating structures promise affordable, miniature particle accelerators that could be used by researchers in many different fields of scientific endeavor.
VSim simulates the complex interactions between beams, dielectric surroundings, and lasers, enabling researchers to extend the frontiers of current accelerators. Access the research paper Beam quality study for a grating-based dielectric laser-driven accelerator.
 Wei, Y., S. Jamison, G. Xia, K. Hanahoe, Y. Li, J. D. A. Smith, and C. P. Welsch. "Beam quality study for a grating-based dielectric laser-driven accelerator." Physics of Plasmas 24, no. 2 (2017): 023102. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4975080
Boulder, Colorado - September 30, 2016:
Tech-X announces the publication of "NIMROD modeling of quiescent H-mode: reconstruction considerations and saturation mechanism" by J.R. King and K.H. Burrell and A.M. Garofalo and R.J. Groebner and S.E. Kruger and A.Y. Pankin and P.B. Snyder.
Boulder, Colorado - August 29, 2016:
November 6-11, 2016: Tech-X will exhibit at the AVS 63rd International Symposium & Exhibition. Join us at Booth 226.
Boulder, Colorado - August 18, 2016:
October 3-7, 2016: Tech-X will exhibit at the 46th Annual European Microwave Conference. Join us at Booth 27.
Boulder, Colorado - May 9, 2016:
September 20-22, 2016: Tech-X will exhibit at the 2016 Electronic Design Innovation Conference. Join us at our booth.
Boulder, Colorado - April 13, 2016:
April 19-21, 2016: Join Tech-X in our booth at the 17th International Vacuum Electronics Conference.
Boulder, Colorado - April 11, 2016:
April 10-15, 2016: Join Tech-X in our booth at the 10th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation.
Boulder, Colorado - March 21, 2016:
Tech-X CEO and University of Colorado Professor John R. Cary has been awarded the 2016 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Charles K. Birdsall Award "for contributions to scientific discovery using computational methods across plasma physics, the development of computational algorithms and methods, and leadership of computational teams."
Boulder, Colorado - January 22, 2016:
Dr. David Green of Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using VSim to help design a new proposed experiment. The Proto-Material Plasma Exposure eXperiment (proto-MPEX) from ORNL plans to study the interactions of high temperature plasmas with material walls.
Boulder, Colorado - November 19, 2015:
An international collaboration, led by Stanford University, and including Tech-X Corporation as a partner, has been awarded $13.5 million by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to take an innovative particle accelerator design dubbed the “accelerator-on-a-chip” and make it into a fully functional and scalable working prototype. This laser-driven particle accelerator could have a major impact on the physics community and science in general by providing new particle and photon sources that are less expensive to build, address current infrastructure challenges, and provide broader access to the scientific community.
Boulder, Colorado - October 14, 2015:
Prof. John R. Cary (CEO of Tech-X Corporation) has been elected Vice Chair of the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society. This is the beginning of a 4-year rotation that continues with Chair Elect, Chair, and Past Chair, as described at APS DPP Annual Elections.
Boulder, Colorado - August 10, 2015:
Dr. Sveta Shasharina, Tech-X Vice President and Principal Investigator for the simulation project to calculate the level and effect of radiation on the Surface Dust Mass Analyzer (SUDA), was interviewed by the Denver Post. Tech-X is assisting NASA with exploration of Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, which scientists think may contain life.
Boulder, Colorado - August 5, 2015:
Prof. John R. Cary has been awarded the International Conference on Numerical Simulation of Plasmas John Dawson Prize for Numerical Simulation of Plasmas. This is a prestigious lifetime achievement award that is awarded at each ICNSP.
Boulder, Colorado - June 18, 2015:
Tech-X announces the 2015 NAVUM meeting to be held in Boulder, Colorado, USA October 5-7, 2015.
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Boulder, Colorado - May 21, 2015:
Physicists Thomas Jenkins and David Smithe of Tech-X Corporation have been selected to receive a 2015 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) award from the U.S. Department of Energy for their proposal, “Modeling RF-induced Sheath Effects and Parasitic Losses in Magnetic Fusion Experiments.” This proposal focuses on the numerical modeling of inefficiencies which arise when radiofrequency (RF) power is used to heat and control plasmas in magnetic fusion experiments.
Boulder, Colorado - May 18, 2015:
Physicists Jacob King, Thomas Jenkins, Alexei Pankin, and Scott Kruger of Tech-X Corporation, along with other members of the NIMROD Team, including Carl Sovinec (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), Eric Held (Utah State Univ.), Andrea Garofalo, and Alan Turnbull (General Atomics), have been selected to receive a 2015 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) award from the U.S. Department of Energy for their proposal, “Validation simulations of macroscopic burning-plasma dynamics.”
Boulder, Colorado - April 28, 2015:
Tech-X Corporation is pleased to announce the release of VSim 7.2. VSim is an electromagnetic time-domain three-dimensional solver with particle and plasma simulation capabilities. The latest release upgrades our leading-edge VSim 7.0 software to include 8 more custom analyzers, improved GPU support for electromagnetic field solves, and multiple small improvements. Read the VSim 7.2 Release Notes. Request a free VSim Evaluation.
Boulder, Colorado - April 8, 2015:
VSim has been used in Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. and Post-doctoral research. Sulmer Fernandez-Gutierrez, who used VSim in research performed toward her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Boise State University, is first author of "Phase-control of a rising sun magnetron using a modulated, addressable, current source" published in the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. Read the paper...
Boulder, Colorado – 12 March 2015:
USim is enabling spacecraft designers to understand re-entry blackout. Re-entry blackout is a fundamental problem in spacecraft flight. When spacecraft re-enters the upper atmosphere, ionized plasma forms around the vehicle, blocking electromagnetic communication. "Modeling Radio Communication Blackout and Blackout Mitigation in Hypersonic Vehicles" reports a successful effort by Tech-X researchers, working with The George Washington University researchers to create and validate capabilities in USim for modelling spacecraft reentry blackout from first principles. You can access these simulation capabilities in USim 2.0, available from Tech-X today.
Boulder, Colorado – 12 March 2015:
Tech-X researchers, working together with researchers at Front Range Scientific Computing, Inc. and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have collaborated to create new approaches to solving multi-scale plasma electromagnetics problems. "Fully Implicit Ultrascale Physics Solvers and Application to Ion Source Modeling" reports the first steeps in this collaboration, the implementation of these approaches in the Tech-X USim fluid plasma modeling tool, and describes the application of USim to modeling H- ion sources for the spallation neutron source at ORNL. Look forward to using these capabilities in a future release of USim.
Boulder, Colorado – 2 February 2015: Tech-X Corporation announces the release of GPULib 1.8.
GPULib 1.8 has been released with updates to the underlying libraries as well as many other features in many areas of the library. It has been updated to use the most recent versions of IDL and CUDA, IDL 8.4 and CUDA 6.5.
Boulder, Colorado - November 18, 2014:
International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced that Tech-X Corporation is a winner of the Innovation Excellence Award for the Outstanding Application of HPC Computing for Business and Scientific Achievements.
Boulder, Colorado - November 7, 2014:
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Boulder, Colorado - October 20, 2014:
Along with 43 other science code teams in various areas of Scientific Computing Research, Energy Sciences, and Biological and Environmental Research, Tech-X, led by cofounder and principle investigator John Cary, will participate in the code optimization program for the NERSC Exascale Science Applications Program (NESAP). Tech-X's participation will ensure that Vorpal code will leverage Cori’s Knights Landing manycore architecture.
Boulder, Colorado - September 11, 2014:
Tech-X Corporation will be holding a free VSim Training Session in Boulder, Colorado for 2 days starting October 22 at 9 am. A free work day will be available the following day on October 24.
Registration is free. Lunch is not included, however there are many casual restaurants within walking distance.
August 28, 2014
Simulations of Gyrotrons with panelist Dr. David Smithe is scheduled for 8am PT / 11am ET / 3pm UTC. Details and free registration.
Boulder, Colorado: 7 July 2014 – Tech-X Corporation announces the release of VSim 7. VSim is an electromagnetic time-domain three-dimensional solver with particle and plasma simulation capabilities. It uses a package model to customize the powerful physics engine to meet the needs of customers needing electromagnetic, microwave device, and plasma simulation capability. New in this release is VMesh™ – a new mesh generator that makes gridding up complex geometry easier and blazingly fast. VSim 7 now supports STEP CAD files, in addition to the STL and VTK formats. The VSim for Electromagnetics package has greatly simplified problem setup. VSim 7 also has improved external circuit modeling capabilities, new analysis capabilities, and improved plasma modeling capabilities.
Boulder, Colorado - May 16, 2014:
USim is validated against a hypersonic flow experiment by Prof. Michael Keidar of George Washington University. Results of the experiment are reported in "Laboratory Modeling of the Plasma Layer at Hypersonic Flight," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets.
Boulder, Colorado - April 29, 2014:
Join Tech-X for a VSim and USim workshop at ICOPS!
Tech-X Corporation will hold a VSim and USim Workshop on Wednesday May 28, 2014 at ICOPS, the 41st IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science and the in Washington, DC.
Boulder, Colorado - April 2, 2014:
Tech-X Corporation will hold a 1-day VSim Workshop at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, CA, on Monday April 21, 2014. The location and timing of this workshop coincide with the International Vacuum Electronics Conference (IVEC), which starts the following day on Tuesday, April 22.
Workshop Title: Open Workshop on Using the VSim Software for Vacuum Electronics Simulation
Boulder, Colorado - March 20, 2014:
Due to the change of plans at ICOPS, Tech-X encourages our VSim users to attend our VSim and USim Workshop at ICOPS on Wednesday May 28, 2014 at the 41st IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science and the in Washington, DC.
Boulder, Colorado - March 20, 2014:
March 24-26, 2014 in San Diego, California.
Tom Jenkins will be presenting work in the areas of coupled RF/MHD interactions, plasma-surface interactions, edge-harmonic oscillations, and predictive transport modeling at the 2014 International Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference.
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Boulder, Colorado - January 10, 2014:
Tech-X is proud to announce the release of USim v2.0 for solving coupled fluid-plasma problems on unstructured meshes. USim v2.0 includes a variety of new features such as:
- Ability to simulate spacecraft radio communications blackout in three-dimensions from first principles
- Ability to simulate arc plasma torches on axisymmetric unstructured meshes
Boulder, Colorado - December 18, 2013:
Tech-X is pleased to announce that the first VSim European User Group Meeting will take place on Friday, January 17th 2014 at our European Headquarters at Sci-Tech Daresbury near Warrington, England. Details and registration.
Boulder, Colorado - December 9, 2013:
Tech-X to attend USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting 1/8 - 1/11/2014 in Boulder, Colorado.
Peter Neilson will be on hand to answer questions about VSim.
Send us your contact information and we'll meet you there!
Visit the USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting site.
Boulder, Colorado - November 12, 2013:
Tech-X scientists will be available at the American Geophysical Union’s 46th Annual Fall Meeting, December 9 - 13 in San Francisco, to answer questions about Tech-X products.
Contact us for an appointment and we'll meet you there!
Visit the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting site.
Boulder, Colorado - November 4, 2013:
Tech-X Corporation is pleased to announce the availability of VSim v6.2.6, bringing VSim users the latest version of simulation software to solve their most challenging problems. VSim 6.2.6 is an incremental release that addresses the following:
- Improved handling of license files in user interface.
- Improved remote execution and visualization.
Boulder, Colorado - October 28, 2013:
Tech-X physicists will be available at the 55th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics November 11-15, 2013 in Denver, Colorado to answer questions about VSim.
Email email@example.com for an appointment and we'll meet you there!
Visit the 55th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics site.
Boulder, Colorado - October 21, 2013:
"Stanford, SLAC researchers demonstrate 'accelerator on a chip" in Stanford News.
"The tiny new technology could spawn new generations of smaller, less expensive devices for science and medicine." - Mike Ross
Read the Stanford News.
Boulder, Colorado - October 2, 2013:
Updates in the new GPULib 1.6.2 release include:
- Support for CUDA 5.5
- Updated to MAGMA 1.4
- improved syntax in GPUEXECUTEFUNCTION
- small bug fixes
Boulder, Colorado - October 1, 2013:
Tech-X VSim software was used in the design of a compact, laser-driven particle accelerator featured in a Nature article published in the latest issue.
A collaboration including Stanford University, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, UCLA, and Tech-X Corporation reported the first observation of high-gradient acceleration of electrons in a dielectric laser accelerator. The accelerator structure was fabricated on a wafer using integrated circuit fabrication technology, making it the first demonstrated "accelerator on a chip."
Boulder, Colorado - September 27, 2013:
Tech-X Corporation is pleased to announce the availability of VSim v6.2.4, bringing VSim users the latest version of simulation software to solve their most challenging problems. VSim 6.2.4 is an incremental bug-fix release that addresses the following:
- childLangmuirVelGen kind emitted particle weights set up procedure fixed.
- Windows licensing method updated to ensure VSim functions smoothly with all license combinations.
Boulder, Colorado - September 24, 2013:
Tech-X to attend 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference in Washington, DC.
Tech-X physicist Alex Likhanskii will be on hand to answer questions about VSim.
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Visit the 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference site.
Boulder, Colorado - September 23, 2013:
Tech-X to attend Gaseous Electronics Conference in Princeton, NJ.
Tech-X physicists Peter Stoltz and Alex Likhanskii will be on hand to answer questions about VSim.
Email us your contact information and we'll meet you there!
Visit the Gaseous Electronics Conference site.
Boulder, Colorado - January 30, 2012:
OOPIC Pro has reached the end of its life, with Tech-X support of the product discontinued as of December 31, 2012. Tech-X offers an alternative product, VSim, which is much more capable.
VSim provides a graphical user interface, much better parallelism, 3D geometry, and it is powered by the Vorpal computational engine. With VSim 6.0 many features have been added to the GUI (VSimComposer) as well as the engine (Vorpal). For further information on VSim's capabilities please visit the VSim product page on our website at www.txcorp.com.