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

Negative hydrogen ion dynamics inside the plasma volume of a linear device: Estimates from particle-in-cell calculations

G. Fubiani; R. Agnello; I. Furno; L. Garrigues; P. Guittienne et al. 

Physics Of Plasmas. 2021-06-01. Vol. 28, num. 6, p. 063503. DOI : 10.1063/5.0044358.

The role of plasma-molecule interactions on power and particle balance during detachment on the TCV tokamak

K. Verhaegh; B. Lipschultz; J. R. Harrison; B. P. Duval; A. Fil et al. 

Nuclear Fusion. 2021-10-01. Vol. 61, num. 10, p. 106014. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/ac1dc5.

Development of advanced linearized gyrokinetic collision operators using a moment approach

B. J. Frei; J. Ball; A. C. D. Hoffmann; R. Jorge; P. Ricci et al. 

Journal Of Plasma Physics. 2021-09-10. Vol. 87, num. 5, p. 905870501. DOI : 10.1017/S0022377821000830.

ICRF modelling in 2D and 3D magnetic configurations using a hot plasma model

M. Machielsen; J. P. Graves; W. A. Cooper 

Plasma Physics And Controlled Fusion. 2021-09-01. Vol. 63, num. 9, p. 094002. DOI : 10.1088/1361-6587/ac11b2.

A phase-contrast-imaging core fluctuation diagnostic and first-principles turbulence modeling for JT-60SA

S. Coda; A. Iantchenko; S. Brunner; M. Toussaint; K. Tanaka 

Nuclear Fusion. 2021. Vol. 61, num. 10, p. 106022. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/ac2081.

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