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.
At the Joint European Torus (JET) in the UK, a European research team has succeeded in generating 69 megajoules of energy from 0.2 milligrams of fuel. This is the largest amount of energy ever achieved in a fusion experiment.
Every year, the European Physical Society (EPS) honours researchers for outstanding achievements in the field of plasma physics with the Hannes Alfvén Prize. Prof Dr Per Helander from the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) is one of the two laureates for 2024.
IPP is dedicated to training outstanding young scientists, from providing practicals for undergraduates, then bachelor, master and PhD theses, to the presentation of comprehensive courses of graduate study.