The ASDEX Upgrade divertor tokamak (Axially Symmetric Divertor EXperiment) went into operation at Garching in 1991. At present, it is Germany's largest fusion device.
The aim of the ASDEX Upgrade programme is to prepare the physics base for ITER and DEMO. Significant progress has been made in the operation with tungsten-clad walls, understanding of transport and impurity control, ELM mitigation by frequency control, and control of performance limiting instabilities. The improved H-mode (ITER "hybrid") operation was consolidated and extends beyond the ITER baseline specifications for nTτ and the pulse length.
ASDEX Upgrade fusion device – start a virtual visit!
Via mouse movement you can look into every corner and zoom onto every screw. In brief video interludes (with English subtitles) PhD students at IPP talk about their work places.
The spectacular 360-degree panorama is leading you right at the site into the plasma chamber of the ASDEX Upgrade fusion research device, where plasmas with temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees are produced. Access is also provided to the periphery of the device accommodating the technical facilities, or to the control room, from which the experiments are monitored (photographer: Volker Steger).