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 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.
Interview of Arsène Tema Biwole Excellence in Africa Ambassador, EPFL
Arsène Tema Biwolé is a Cameroonian physicist, passionate about nuclear technologies and collaborates at the Swiss Plasma Center of EPFL.
The last 5 papers of the Swiss Plasma Center
Excitation of Alfven eigenmodes by fusion-born alpha-particles in D-He-3 plasmas on JETPlasma Physics And Controlled Fusion. 2022-06-01. Vol. 64, num. 6, p. 064001. DOI : 10.1088/1361-6587/ac5d9e.
A novel measurement of marginal Alfven eigenmode stability during high power auxiliary heating in JETNuclear Fusion. 2022-07-01. Vol. 62, num. 7, p. 076001. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/ac3c84.
The DEMO magnet system – Status and future challengesFusion Engineering And Design. 2022-01-01. Vol. 174, p. 112971. DOI : 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2021.112971.
Negative ion density in the ion source SPIDER in Cs free conditionsPlasma Physics And Controlled Fusion. 2022-06-01. Vol. 64, num. 6, p. 065004. DOI : 10.1088/1361-6587/ac65b0.
Preliminary Design of a High Current R&W TF Coil Conductor for the EU DEMOIeee Transactions On Applied Superconductivity. 2022-09-01. Vol. 32, num. 6, p. 4202504. DOI : 10.1109/TASC.2022.3161892.
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