Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear is a research unit of Instituto Superior Técnico with expertise on Plasma Physics, Engineering and Technologies, Controlled Nuclear Fusion, Lasers and Photonics and Advanced Computing.
IPFN has two thematic lines:
Controlled Nuclear Fusion
This research line is focused on the work programme established by the Euratom Fusion roadmap H2020, which includes activities associated with the development of systems, operation, and scientific exploitation of large and medium-sized tokamaks and stellarator, as well as with the design and construction of the next generation fusion devices.
Plasma Technologies and Intense Lasers
This research line takes advantage of the critical mass of the groups within it to address frontier questions in gas electronics, sources of particles and radiating species, ultra-short, ultra-intense lasers and their applications, plasma accelerators and advanced radiation sources, ultra cold plasmas, and fundamental science in space.
The IPFN Management Board is composed by the Heads of the Research Groups and representatives of PhD members, and carries out the global management of the research unit.
Director | Group of Engineering and Systems Integration
Group of Material Characterization
Luís Lemos Alves
Group of Gas Discharges and Gaseous Electronics
Group of Experimental Physics
Group of High Pressure Plasmas
Group of Theory and Modelling
Luís Oliveira e Silva
Group of Lasers and Plasmas
External Advisory Panel
The External Advisory Panel (EAP) monitors the activities and strategy of IPFN. This body oversees the scientific progress, graduate programmes, recruitment and overall performance, advising the Board of IPFN on all matters related to the mission of the unit.
Prof. Michel Chatelier
Michel Chatelier was born on 18 November 1948 in Paris. He studied Plasma Physics in the French University at Orsay and took his PhD in CEA/Fontenay-aux-Roses in 1976. He had major responsabilities in TFR tokamak of Fontenay aux Roses, and led part of the Tore Supra tokamak conception. He was nominated Deputy Head of the fusion Research Institute of CEA in 1996 and Head in 2004. Michel Chatelier is currently Scientific Advisor of the Director of Physics Sciences in CEA.
Prof. Kunioki Mima
Mima studied at Kyoto University Physics with the completion of his doctorate in 1973. He was the Director of The Institute for Laser Technology from 1995 to 1999. In 2004 he received with Akira Hasegawa and Patrick H. Diamond the Hannes Alfvén Prize for significant contributions to the theory of turbulent transport in plasmas (Mima-Hasegawa equation 1977). In 2007 he received the Edward Teller Award.
Prof. Francesco Romanelli
University of Rome
Francesco Romanelli graduated in Physics and started his career as researcher at the ENEA Research Centre in Frascati. He started his scientific collaboration with JET in 1994. In 1996 he was appointed Deputy Director of the Fusion Department in Frascati. Since then he has been a member of several European Fusion Committees. From 2003 to 2006 he was Chairman of the EFDA-STAC. In this role Francesco Romanelli was involved in the negotiations for ITER and the Broader Approach. Since 2007 he has been the European standing expert in the ITER-STAC.
Prof. Jörg Winter
Jörg Winter was born on 7 October 1948 in Oberkirchen, Germany. He studied physics at the University of Cologne, obtained his PhD from the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry of Forschungszentrum Jülich in 1976 and the habilitation in Experimental Physics from the Heinrich-Heine University of Dusseldorf in 1988. He held a number of leading positions in plasma physics since 1993 and was elected fellow of the IoP and IUPAC. He is currently a professor at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.