Swiss Plasma Center

Our mission: Shaping the Sun’s energy on Earth

Interior of the TCV tokamak. © A. Herzog, EPFL

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.

SPC Research Lines


The Swiss Plasma Center conducts a comprehensive research programme organised in six research lines: Plasma Theory, Basic Plasma Physics, TCV Tokamak Physics, International Collaborations, Superconductivity for Fusion, and Plasma Applications


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.


The Swiss Plasma Center conducts a variety of outreach initiatives, encompassing visits of the Center, conferences given on-site or outside, as well as the publication of printed or electronic documents for the general public

The last 5 papers of the Swiss Plasma Center

Validation of edge turbulence codes against the TCV-X21 diverted L-mode reference case

D. S. Oliveira; T. Body; D. Galassi; C. Theiler; E. Laribi et al. 

Nuclear Fusion. 2022-09-01. Vol. 62, num. 9, p. 096001. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/ac4cde.

A spectroscopic inference and SOLPS-ITER comparison of flux-resolved edge plasma parameters in detachment experiments on TCV

A. Perek; M. Wensing; K. Verhaegh; B. L. Linehan; H. Reimerdes et al. 

Nuclear Fusion. 2022-09-01. Vol. 62, num. 9, p. 096012. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/ac7813.

Study of Negative Ion Beamlets Produced in SPIDER by Beam Emission Spectroscopy

R. Agnello; M. Barbisan; G. Casati; R. Pasqualotto; G. Serianni et al. 

Ieee Transactions On Plasma Science. 2022-07-18. DOI : 10.1109/TPS.2022.3180169.

Electron-cyclotron resonance heating and current drive source for flux-driven gyrokinetic simulations of tokamaks

P. Donnel; Fontana; J. Cazabonne; L. Villard; S. Brunner et al. 

Plasma Physics And Controlled Fusion. 2022-09-01. Vol. 64, num. 9, p. 095008. DOI : 10.1088/1361-6587/ac7974.

Linear and nonlinear excitation of TAE modes by external electromagnetic perturbations using ORB5

M. Sadr; A. Mishchenko; T. Hayward-Schneider; A. Koenies; A. Bottino et al. 

Plasma Physics And Controlled Fusion. 2022-08-01. Vol. 64, num. 8, p. 085010. DOI : 10.1088/1361-6587/ac73eb.

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