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

Feasibility of the EDICAM camera for runaway electron detection in JT-60SA disruptions

S. Olasz; M. Hoppe; T. Szepesi; K. Kamiya; P. Balazs et al. 

Fusion Engineering And Design. 2023-10-01. Vol. 195, p. 113940. DOI : 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113940.

Experimental and numerical investigations of electron transport enhancement by electron-cyclotron plasma-wave interaction in tokamaks

J. Cazabonne; P. Donnel; S. Coda; J. Decker; G. Di Giannatale et al. 

Plasma Physics And Controlled Fusion. 2023-10-01. Vol. 65, num. 10, p. 104001. DOI : 10.1088/1361-6587/acf39c.

How accurate are flux-tube (local) gyrokinetic codes in modeling energetic particle effects on core turbulence?

A. Di Siena; T. Hayward-Schneider; P. Mantica; J. Citrin; F. Vannini et al. 

Nuclear Fusion. 2023-10-01. Vol. 63, num. 10, p. 106012. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/acf1b0.

Development of the self-modulation instability of a relativistic proton bunch in plasma

L. Verra; S. Wyler; T. Nechaeva; J. Pucek; V. Bencini et al. 

Physics Of Plasmas. 2023-08-01. Vol. 30, num. 8, p. 083104. DOI : 10.1063/5.0157391.

Locked mode detection during error field identification studies

L. Piron; P. Buratti; M. Falessi; M. Gambrioli; G. Graham et al. 

Fusion Engineering And Design. 2023-10-01. Vol. 195, p. 113957. DOI : 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113957.

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