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

Overview of JET results for optimising ITER operation

J. Mailloux; N. Abid; K. Abraham; P. Abreu; O. Adabonyan et al. 

Nuclear Fusion. 2022-04-01. Vol. 62, num. 4, p. 042026. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/ac47b4.

The power threshold of H-mode access in mixed hydrogen-tritium and pure tritium plasmas at JET with ITER-like wall

G. Birkenmeier; E. R. Solano; E. Lerche; D. Taylor; D. Gallart et al. 

Nuclear Fusion. 2022-08-01. Vol. 62, num. 8, p. 086005. DOI : 10.1088/1741-4326/ac6d6b.

Design of an intake and a thruster for an atmosphere-breathing electric propulsion system

F. Romano; G. Herdrich; Chan; N. H. Crisp; P. C. E. Roberts et al. 

Ceas Space Journal. 2022-05-27. DOI : 10.1007/s12567-022-00452-1.

Effect of Local Defects on HTS Fusion Magnets Performance

A. Zappatore; R. Bonifetto; X. Sarasola; R. Zanino 

Ieee Transactions On Applied Superconductivity. 2022-08-01. Vol. 32, num. 5, p. 4203809. DOI : 10.1109/TASC.2022.3169718.

The GBS code for the self-consistent simulation of plasma turbulence and kinetic neutral dynamics in the tokamak boundary

M. Giacomin; P. Ricci; A. Coroado; G. Fourestey; D. Galassi et al. 

Journal Of Computational Physics. 2022-08-15. Vol. 463, p. 111294. DOI : 10.1016/

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