The Visitor Centre

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: a plasma filament can be influenced by a magnet – illustrating the principle of magnetic confinement.

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

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