Fusion research at IPP

The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) is concerned with investigating the principles underlying a power plant, which – like the sun – will produce energy from the fusion of light atomic nuclei. more

 
 

 

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H-mode: This discovery made ITER possible
Forty years ago, physicists at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics found a new plasma state that could be particularly suitable for energy production: the H-mode. On 8 November 1982, the corresponding paper was published, giving fusion research a worldwide boost. To this day, the investigation of the H-mode is one of their most important fields of work.

A new solution to one of the major problems of fusion research
Current experiments and simulations show how to avoid destructive plasma instabilities in fusion reactors like ITER.
 

New experiments for ITER preparation at the fusion facility JET
European researchers are using helium plasmas to test the interaction with the wall material of the Joint European Torus (JET). The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics is also involved.

Wendelstein 7-X on the verge of new peak performance
Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) – the stellarator at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), Greifswald – has been significantly improved and will resume scientific experiments in autumn 2022.
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Videos, events


Energy of the future.Fusion 2100

Energy of the future.
Fusion 2100

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Where does fusion research stand today? How will a fusion power plant work? An entertaining and informative account.

Assembly of Wendelstein 7-X

Assembly of Wendelstein 7-X

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The assembly of the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device from 2005 to 2014 comprised in a three-minutes time lapse film

Visitors service – Guided tours at IPP

Visitors service – Guided tours at IPP

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