Swiss Plasma Center
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
A new generation facing the challenges of high power fusion devices
It brought together an audience from all over Europe, Switzerland and the United States. The great success of the course organized this February by five research scientists from the Swiss Plasma Center of EPFL, confirms the growing importance in control solutions in the research towards a fusion reactor.
Tackling the high-voltage needs of next-gen satellites
Scientists at the Swiss Plasma Center at EPFL, in collaboration with Beyond Gravity and with the support of the ESA, have developed a slip ring assembly that can more than triple the operational voltage of new-generation, high-voltage satellites.
A new law unchains fusion energy
Physicists at EPFL, within a large European collaboration, have revised one of the fundamental laws that has been foundational to plasma and fusion research for over three decades, even governing the design of megaprojects like ITER. The update shows that we can actually safely use more hydrogen fuel in fusion reactors, and therefore obtain more energy than previously thought.
The last 5 papers of the Swiss Plasma Center
Validation of 2D T e and n e measurements made with Helium imaging spectroscopy in the volume of the TCV divertorNuclear 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 MonitorFusion Engineering And Design. 2023-05-01. Vol. 190, p. 113529. DOI : 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113529.
Nonlinear interactions of ion acoustic waves explored using fast imaging decompositionsPhysics Of Plasmas. 2023-01-01. Vol. 30, num. 1, p. 012109. DOI : 10.1063/5.0131745.
First self-consistent simulations of trapped electron clouds in a gyrotron gun and comparison with experimentsPhysics of Plasmas. 2023-03-01. Vol. 30, num. 3, p. 030702. DOI : 10.1063/5.0136340.
Preliminary design of the cold mass supports for the EU DEMO feedersFusion Engineering And Design. 2023-01-12. Vol. 188, p. 113418. DOI : 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113418.
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Only 3 seminars at maximum are shown here. The full list is available on the page SPC Memento.