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

Ion temperature spectroscopic measurements in high rotation discharges by means of X-ray diagnostic at JET

K. Koziol; A. Broslawski; A. Patel; H. Weisen; J. Rzadkiewicz 

Journal Of Instrumentation. 2022-07-01. Vol. 17, num. 7, p. C07008. DOI : 10.1088/1748-0221/17/07/C07008.

Dynamic pulse scheduling in ASDEX Upgrade: Disruption avoidance and investigation of the H-Mode density limit

B. Sieglin; M. Maraschek; A. Gude; F. Felici; F. Klossek et al. 

Fusion Engineering And Design. 2023-02-13. Vol. 191, p. 113546. DOI : 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113546.

Control upgrade for the TCV coils power supplies

D. V. de la Fuente; N. Cherix; D. Fasel; J. Dubray; J. Orsinger et al. 

Fusion Engineering And Design. 2023-02-15. Vol. 191, p. 113539. DOI : 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113539.

Validation of 2D T e and n e measurements made with Helium imaging spectroscopy in the volume of the TCV divertor

B. L. Linehan; A. Perek; B. P. Duval; F. Bagnato; P. Blanchard et al. 

Nuclear Fusion. 2023-03-01. Vol. 63, num. 3, p. 036021. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/acb5b0.

First characterization of the SPIDER beam AC component with the Beamlet Current Monitor

B. P. Duteil; A. Shepherd; T. Patton; A. R. Garola; R. Casagrande 

Fusion Engineering And Design. 2023-05-01. Vol. 190, p. 113529. DOI : 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113529.

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