The Group of Experimental Physics is responsible for the operation and scientific exploitation of the Portuguese tokamak - ISTTOK - and collaboration with other fusion devices like ITER, AUG, JET, TJ-II, TCV, W7-X, TCA/Br and COMPASS by developing diagnostics and real-time control systems, participating in the experimental campaigns and collaborating in the modeling, data analysis and development of numerical codes.

The GEP host as well new innovative concepts such as the Quantum Plasmas Laboratory, seeking to understand the behavior of very cold plasmas created from laser-cooled atoms, with ion temperatures in the mili-kelvin range, and electron temperatures below 1 kelvin.

Group Leader: Horácio Fernandes

Deputy Leader: Carlos Silva


  • Edge plasma turbulence studies, focused on the data analysis from a broad range of diagnostic tools
  • Development and exploitation of diagnostics for physics studies and machine protection in different fusion devices
  • Development and characterization of materials and assessment of plasma impact on plasma facing components
  • Machine operation, safety and protection, with an active participation in the operation of JET with ITER-like wall and consequent development of candidate operating scenarios
  • Scientific exploitation of the reflectometry systems developed by IPFN with focus on AUG and JET


Horácio Fernandes, Group Leader:

  hf at

Carlos Silva, Deputy Leader:

  csilva at