Controlled Nuclear Fusion

Fusion is the process powering the stars, such as our sun. At their core, atomic nuclei collide and fuse together into heavier elements, releasing tremendous amounts of energy. On Earth, fusion scientists try to replicate this process in a controlled manner, by studying the physics and developing the technology of fusion reactors.

Intense Lasers and Plasmas Technology

The plasma state is commonly called the fourth state of matter. It is generated when energy is provided to a solid, liquid or gas such that a fraction of its atoms are ionised.

Research at IPFN in plasma technologies and intense lasers is dedicated to investigating a multitude of topics in these areas, encompassing theory, simulation and experimental research, in a strongly international environment, and in the frame of several important collaborations with world-leading institutions.

About IPFN

Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear is a research unit of Instituto Superior Tecnico with the status of Associated Laboratory granted by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. IPFN is also the research unit of the Contract of Association Euratom/IST... View More

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