Plasmas are complex systems, with a lot of non-linear processes, with all the time and space scales playing a role (self similarities and self-organization processes are at work). The research in Plasma Theory can there fore help to advance in chaos and self-organization theory.
And vice versa, this kind of disciplines can provide tools for Plasma Physics and Fusion research.
Moreover, plasmas are out of the equilibrium, open systems, which imply the appearance of challenges for Statistical Physics. The development of Thermodynamics of system outside the equilibrium can be helped by Plasma Physics research.
Plasma are also in the intermediate range between Fluid and Kinetic Theories. Both of them are at work at given ranges of plasma parameters.
It is possible to find a number of problems in Plasma Physics that need distributed calculation to be solved. There are solved by codes suitable under the Grid Computing Paradigm, which provides large cheap computing capability .
Some examples of codes suitable for Grid Computing are:
* Monte Carlo codes: Plasma-wall interaction, neutral particle orbits, kinetic transport
* Langevin equations problem that needs the separate estimation of every single particle.
* Massive Transport analysis.
* Stellerator Optimization.