The Particle-in-Cell (PIC) method has a long history dating back to the 1950s. Since then, the PIC method has evolved and become a widely used numerical method in a variety of fields, including plasma physics, particle accelerators, semiconductors, and many others.
We are often asked, what does a “Bolzplatz” (a colloquial German term for a small soccer field) and computer simulations of gases and plasmas have in common? The answer is simple: Nothing. While the founders of boltzplatz – numerical plasma dynamics GmbH used to play soccer together, the simulations have nothing to do with the popular sport.
Due to their advantages, numerical gas flow and plasma simulations have become valuable tools for industry professionals to better understand complex systems and optimize their designs. These simulations involve using advanced computer algorithms to create detailed models of gas and plasma behavior.