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The Fusion and Plasma Physics group at Aalto University investigates experimentally and by computer simulations plasma phenomena in magnetically confined fusion plasma physics. The overall goal is to create a new, clean and virtually unlimited energy source. The fusion process encompasses light elements, such as hydrogen and its isotopes deuterium and tritium, to merge to heavier elements, such as helium, thereby releasing large amounts of energy in form of MeV neutrons and protons. To harness this energy, a plasma needs to confined either magnetically or inertially, and heated to temperatures in excess of 100 million Kelvins. At these temperatures the fusion process becomes self-sustained by heating of the plasma via energetic by-products, such as helium. The fusion challenge consists in confining the plasma sufficiently long and controlling its interaction with the surrounding walls.

The group’s research activities concentrate on the tokamak concept. We participate in experiments at present fusion facilities, such as ASDEX UpgradeDIII-D, and JET, develop and validate computational models for present and future, burning-plasma reactors, such as ITER, and develop diagnostics for fusion relevant experiments . The group is part of FinnFusion, the domestic agencyadministrating fusion research within EUROfusion, and member of FuseNet, the European Fusion Education Network facilitating student exchange at Bachelor's, Master's and PhD level. The group is supported by the Academy of Finland and other funding agencies.

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Profiles

Photo of Mathias Groth
19982021
Photo of Timo Kiviniemi
19962020
Photo of Taina Kurki-Suonio

Taina Kurki-Suonio

Person: Teaching staff

19922020

Research Output

Advances in the physics studies for the JT-60SA tokamak exploitation and research plan

Kurki-Suonio, T., Varje, J. & Särkimäki, K., Jan 2020, In : Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. 62, 1, 16 p., 014009.

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First Evidence of Local E x B Drift in the Divertor Influencing the Structure and Stability of Confined Plasma near the Edge of Fusion Devices

Wang, H. Q., Guo, H. Y., Xu, G. S., Leonard, A. W., Wu, X. Q., Groth, M., Jaervinen, A. E., Watkins, J. G., Osborne, T. H., Thomas, D. M., Eldon, D., Stangeby, P. C., Turco, F., Xu, J. C., Wang, L., Wang, Y. F. & Liu, J. B., 13 May 2020, In : Physical Review Letters. 124, 19, 6 p., 195002.

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Impact of drifts in the ASDEX upgrade upper open divertor using SOLPS-ITER

Paradela Pérez, I. & Groth, M., 1 Jan 2020, In : Contributions to Plasma Physics.

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    Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik

    Seppo Sipilä (Visiting researcher)
    2 Dec 201913 Dec 2019

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    Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik

    Seppo Sipilä (Visiting researcher)
    2 Sep 20196 Sep 2019

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    ITER Organisation

    Seppo Sipilä (Visiting researcher)
    1 Apr 20195 Apr 2019

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