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.


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 last 5 papers of the Swiss Plasma Center

High resolution density pedestal measurements during edge localized modes by short-pulse reflectometry in the TCV tokamak

P. A. Molina Cabrera; B. Labit; S. Coda; L. Porte 

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. 2021-06-03. DOI : 10.1088/1361-6587/ac0797.

Progress in preparing real-time control schemes for Deuterium-Tritium operation in JET

L. Piron; D. Valcarcel; M. Lennholm; C. Stuart; I. S. Carvalho et al. 

Fusion Engineering And Design. 2021-05-01. Vol. 166, p. 112305. DOI : 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2021.112305.

Gyrokinetic investigation of Alfven instabilities in the presence of turbulence

A. Biancalani; A. Bottino; A. Di Siena; O. Gurcan; T. Hayward-Schneider et al. 

Plasma Physics And Controlled Fusion. 2021-06-01. Vol. 63, num. 6, p. 065009. DOI : 10.1088/1361-6587/abf256.

Millimeter-wave beam scattering and induced broadening by plasma turbulence in the TCV tokamak

O. Chellai; S. Alberti; I. Furno; T. Goodman; O. Maj et al. 

Nuclear Fusion. 2021-06-01. Vol. 61, num. 6, p. 066011. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/abf43f.

Impact of collisionality on turbulence in the edge of tokamak plasma using 3D global simulations

R. Tatali; E. Serre; P. Tamain; D. Galassi; P. Ghendrih et al. 

Nuclear Fusion. 2021-05-01. Vol. 61, num. 5, p. 056002. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/abe98b.

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