Nuclear Fusion: Research for a New Primary Energy Source

We are part of an internationally networked effort to make power plants based on nuclear fusion a reality. We aim to set in motion on earth the process by means of which the sun and other stars produce their energy, thus providing a safe, environmentally friendly energy supply that will be available in the long term.

Plasma-Material Interactions

Our research focuses on the plasma-wall interactions and materials for first walls in a fusion reactor. Extremely high thermal loads occur here that future power plants will have to withstand in continuous load operation if they are to be economically viable. We investigate the materials suited to this purpose and analyse their interaction with the hot fusion plasma, in collaboration with leading fusion experiments all over the world.

Plasma Physics (IEK-4)