The Swiss Plasma Center is one of the world’s leading fusion research laboratories.
Fusion is based on the principle that powers the Sun and it has the potential to provide a solution to humanity’s energy problem.
Through a wide range of research programs, all connected to education and training at different levels, we work to advance our understanding of the physics of plasmas and develop fusion as an energy source.
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The Swiss Plasma Center is committed to preparing the next generations of fusion scientists and engineers. We provide education in Physics for students of all levels (Bachelor, Master and Doctoral School) and various sections. We are continuously training around 40 PhD students.
New high-performance computing hub aims to harness the sun's energy
EPFL will soon be home to a European hub for high-performance computing focused on fusion power – a potential source of clean, risk-free energy. As part of this effort, EPFL’s Swiss Plasma Center will lead a campus-wide, cross-disciplinary research team.
Joaquim Loizu granted the IUPAP 2020 Prize in plasma physics
Joaquim Loizu, a researcher at EPFL’s Swiss Plasma Center, is the recipient of IUPAP’s (International Union of pure and applied physics) 2020 Young Scientist Prize in plasma physics. This prize is awarded annually to a young international scientist for outstanding research.
Heat loss control method in fusion reactors in Nature Communications
The core of a fusion reactor is incredibly hot. Hydrogen that inevitably escapes from it must be cooled on its way to the wall, as otherwise, the reactor wall would be damaged. Researchers from the Dutch institute DIFFER and EPFL’s Swiss Plasma Center have developed a strict measurement and control method for the cooling of very hot particles escaping from fusion plasmas. This milestone for fusion research is published in Nature Communications.
The last 5 papers of the Swiss Plasma Center
Experimental study of extended timescale dynamics of a plasma wakefield driven by a self-modulated proton bunchPhysical Review Accelerators And Beams. 2021-01-05. Vol. 24, num. 1, p. 011301. DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevAccelBeams.24.011301.
Approaching detachment in I-mode-response of core confinement and the edge pedestal in the ASDEX Upgrade tokamakNuclear Fusion. 2021-03-01. Vol. 61, num. 3, p. 036026. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/abd7b7.
Neural-network accelerated coupled core-pedestal simulations with self-consistent transport of impurities and compatible with ITER IMASNuclear Fusion. 2021-02-01. Vol. 61, num. 2, p. 026006. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/abb918.
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