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

Numerical study of delta-function current sheets arising from resonant magnetic perturbations

Y-M. Huang; S. R. Hudson; J. Loizu; Y. Zhou; A. Bhattacharjee 

Physics Of Plasmas. 2022-03-01. Vol. 29, num. 3, p. 032513. DOI : 10.1063/5.0067898.

Updates for automatic analysis and post-processing of JET neutral particle analysers for TT and DT campaigns

P. Siren; P. Beaumont; H. Weisen 

Journal Of Instrumentation. 2022-08-01. Vol. 17, num. 8, p. C08006. DOI : 10.1088/1748-0221/17/08/C08006.

Gyrokinetic simulations of turbulence and zonal flows driven by steep profile gradients using a delta-f approach with an evolving background Maxwellian

M. Murugappan; L. Villard; S. Brunner; B. F. McMillan; A. Bottino 

Physics Of Plasmas. 2022-10-01. Vol. 29, num. 10, p. 103904. DOI : 10.1063/5.0106661.

Tracking blobs in the turbulent edge plasma of a tokamak fusion device

W. Han; R. A. Pietersen; R. Villamor-Lora; M. Beveridge; N. Offeddu et al. 

Scientific Reports. 2022-10-28. Vol. 12, num. 1, p. 18142. DOI : 10.1038/s41598-022-21671-w.

Catabolism of Glucosinolates into Nitriles Revealed by RNA Sequencing of Arabidopsis thaliana Seedlings after Non-Thermal Plasma-Seed Treatment

A. Waskow; A. Guihur; A. Howling; I. Furno 

2022-11-08. DOI : 10.3390/life12111822.

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