Nuclear fusion promises an abundant source of clean energy, but technological progress in the field is slow. In 2021 a fusion experiment for the first time produced more energy than what was used to trigger the fusion process.
Given the enormous investments needed to build a fusion test reactor, numerical simulation plays an important role in the development of fusion technology.
For modelling plasma in confined reactors, the often used Grad-Shafranov equation admits analytical solutions in special cases.
However, solving the combined set of PDEs (fluid mechanics, electromagnetics, thermal radiation and neutronics) of a self-consistent plasma at full complexity is intractable, which is why governments have awarded grants for development of novel modelling techniques.
Quantum, and more particularly PASQAL’s unique and proprietary solvers for differential equations may offer a chance of solving self- consistent plasma models at full complexity.
PASQAL’s analog-digital approach to implementing our PDE solvers makes them a promising candidate.
Quantum in Real Life
"We look forward to seeing how quantum computing can yield a significant near-term benefit for our customers. PASQAL’s algorithms for solving differential equations and its neutral atom quantum processors are ideally suited to solve the computational problems which are most relevant and challenging for our customers, and we look forward to working with PASQAL to advance this field."
Senior Vice President Simulation and Test Solutions, Siemens Digital Industries Software