The Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre traces the history of fusion research at IPP with original components, models and interactive exhibits.

Interactive exhibits

Two experiments introduce IPP’s research subject, viz. plasma:

  • Plasma ball: lightning to grasp
  • Plasma spiral: the plasma filament can be influenced with a magnet; the principle of magnetic confinement is illustrated.

Original components and models present IPP’s research devices – of the tokamak and stellarator types – from the seventies of last century till today.


Pulsator (1973 - 1979), model
ASDEX (1980 - 1990), model
ASDEX Upgrade (in operation since 1991, Garching), model
ITER (international cooperation, under construction at Cadarache, F), model


Wendelstein 7-A (1975 - 1985) plasma vessel with magnet coil (original)
Wendelstein 7-AS (1988 - 2002), model
Wendelstein 7-AS, original module, one-fifth of the device’s core
Wendelstein 7-X (at IPP’s Greifswald branch), model
Wendelstein 7-X, original-size dummy of a superconducting magnet coil

Detailed information on IPP’s devices: [more]

Visitor Centre at IPP in Garching
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