Prabhat Kumar

Postdoctoral Researcher, Applied Mathematics and Computational Research Division

Contact Information

MS 50A-3111
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
1 Cyclotron Rd.
Berkeley, CA 94720


I am a postdoctoral researcher in Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering (CCSE) in the Computing Sciences Area at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Research Interests and Previous Research

My research interests include mathematical modeling of physics processes, numerical algorithms for complex PDE systems, and high performance computing. During my PhD research, I worked on development and implementation of numerical algorithms in the parallel, relativistic, 3D electromagnetic Particle-in-Cell code called SPACE. We used SPACE code for modeling and simulation of laser-plasma interactions and wakefield acceleration experiments at the Accelerator Test Facility of Brookhaven National Laboratory. During my one-year postdoc at Stanford University, I worked on modeling laser-particle coupled beam propgation for space propulsion systems and kinetic modeling of low temperature magnetized plasmas to study microturbulence in various plasma discharges and anomalous transport in Hall thrusters.

Current Research

I am currently working with the ARTEMIS and WarpX teams. Details to follow...

Selected Publications

  • P. Kumar, D. Kuldinow, A. Castillo, A. Gerakis, and K. Hara, Nonlinear dynamics of a coupled light and particle beam propagation , Physical Review A, 103(4), p.043502 2021 [link]
  • P. Kumar, S. Tsikata, and K. Hara, Effects of multiply charged ions on microturbulence-driven electron transport in partially magnetized plasmas , Journal of Applied Physics under review 2021
  • A. Castillo, P. Kumar, C. Limbach, and K. Hara, Mutually Guided Light and Particle Beam Propagation , Journal of Applied Physics under review 2021
  • P. Kumar, K. Yu, R. Zgadzaj, M. C. Downer, I. Petrushina, R. Samulyak, V. Litvinenko, and N. Vafaei-Najafabadi, Evolution of the self-injection process in long wavelength infrared laser driven LWFA, Phys. Plasma 28(1), p.013102 2021 [link]
  • P. Kumar, K. Yu, R. Zgadzaj, L. D. Amorim, M. C. Downer, V. N. Litvinenko, N. Vafaei-Najafabadi, and R. Samulyak, Simulation study of CO2 laser-plasma interactions and self-modulated wakefield acceleration, Phys. Plasmas 26(8), p.083106 2019 [link]