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Matthew Christensen

PhD Title: Reliable quantum simulations of plasma and fusion physics

PhD Supervisor: Animesh Datta

Summary: The field of quantum computation and simulations seeks to develop efficient quantum algorithms for problems that are classically inefficient to solve and are therefore computationally expensive. Furthermore, a quantum-enhanced simulation must not only perform a hard classical simulation efficiently, but also correctly. The latter goal is particularly important as real-world quantum computers are noisy and error prone. This project will develop efficient quantum simulations for problems in plasma and fusion physics, and establish their reliability in real-world quantum computers. The project is ideal for a student interested in a close interplay of quantum computation and simulation with plasma physics.