Swiss Plasma Center
EPFL’s Swiss Plasma Center is one of the world leaders in fusion research.
Fusion is based on the principle that powers the Sun. It has the potential to provide everyone with an abundant, safe and clean source of energy.
Through a rich program of research, linked to different levels of training, we are working to deepen our understanding of plasma physics and propel fusion to the heart of the energy transition.
We conduct a programme organised in six research lines: Plasma Theory, Basic Plasma Physics, TCV Tokamak Physics, International Collaborations, Superconductivity for Fusion, and Plasma Applications.
We are 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).
Join our dynamic team at SPC, in the stunning Swiss landscapes, where innovation meets inclusivity, all while fostering professional growth and family-friendly support.
SPC’s latest news
7 (+ 7) Women in Science to follow
To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, 7 brilliant female scientists from the Swiss Plasma Center share their stories + 7 empowering women in science who inspire them.
JET Tokamak's Latest Fusion Energy Record
In a major scientific achievement, European researchers, including some from EPFL, working at the Joint European Torus (JET) facility have set a new world energy record of 69 megajoules released in sustained and controlled fusion energy.
The SPC strengthens Tokamak security to intensify fusion research
It's a world first. After seven months of work, more than 220 tons of high-density polyethylene have transformed the shielding around the Tokamak à Configuration Variable (TCV). Never before has such a quantity of this material been used on such a large scale. The goal: to protect the public from ionizing radiation following the recent improvement of TCV's performance. This complex endeavor, a result of collaboration with the Operational Vice-Presidency of EPFL, was successfully completed in August 2023. It promises to propel fusion research to new heights.