ACRONYM is an explicit, highly-flexible particle-in-cell code for simulations of 1d, 2d, or 3d spatial domains with a number of charged particle species. Particle motion is relativistically correct and computed using the Boris push. Temporal evolution of the fields can be computed for electrostatic or electromagnetic plasma models using a number of different field solvers. Interpolation between field- and particle-quantities can be done through a choice of plugable shape functions. The code is MPI-parallelized and can run on machines from Raspberry Pis to supercomputers in the TOP500 list. For more details see the features page.
The code has been used in a number of projects to simulate different plasma processes, including reconnection, collisionless shocks and plasma emission. A number of peer-reviewed scientific papers has resulted from this research activity.
The code is not open sourced nor freely available, but we are open to new scientific collaborators that want to work with us. If we can find a suitable topic for collaboration you will be given access to the code under the following constraints that we believe represent good scientific practice:
If you want to propose a collaboration or want to get in touch with us for other reasons you can reach us at: