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
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
Investigations on Caesium Dispersion and Molybdenum Coating on SPIDER ComponentsMaterials. 2023-01-01. Vol. 16, num. 1, p. 206. DOI : 10.3390/ma16010206.
Optimization of X-mode electron cyclotron current drive in high-electron-temperature plasma in the EAST tokamakPlasma Science & Technology. 2023-02-01. Vol. 25, num. 2, p. 025105. DOI : 10.1088/2058-6272/ac910e.
Model-based impurity emission front control using deuterium fueling and nitrogen seeding in TCVNuclear Fusion. 2023-02-01. Vol. 63, num. 2, p. 026006. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/aca620.
Thermal-hydraulic analysis of alternative cable-in-conduit conductors for the European DEMO hybrid central solenoidFusion Engineering And Design. 2022-12-16. Vol. 187, p. 113368. DOI : 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2022.113368.
Upgrade of the neutral beam heating system on the TCV tokamak – second high energy neutral beamFusion Engineering And Design. 2022-12-16. Vol. 187, p. 113384. DOI : 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2022.113384.
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