The research at the Division of Fusion Plasma Physics is diverse, and includes topics such as confinement physics, plasma control, computational methods, plasma heating and plasma-wall interaction. The work is often carried out in cooperation with international organizations, such as EUROfusion and the ITER Organization.
Fusion power has potential to become a new sustainable energy source with several advantages compared to present-day energy sources, for example an almost limitless supply of fuel. The key facility in the international fusion research programme is the reactor sized ITER experiment in Cadarache, France, scheduled for start of operation in 2025. The next step following ITER is a demonstration fusion power plant (DEMO), which is foreseen to produce net electricity for the grid of the order of a few hundred megawatts around the mid-century. The recent development of high-field superconducting magnets may, in parallel enterprises, lead to the development of more compact fusion fusion power plants within a shorter time range.
A strength of the research at the Division of Fusion Plasma Physics is the long time, very active and successful engagement in international research programmes of high quality. The research activity at the division aligns well with the current European fusion programme. The division has a strong record of accomplishment within its areas of expertise. The division contributes international leadership in key areas such as plasma wall interaction and integrated tokamak modelling. The areas of expertise have been consistently developed and maintained over many years, in close national and international collaborations. They represent topics where university based research can make significant contributions to the common long-term goal of fusion. Currently, researchers from the division participate in multiple Work Packages of the EUROfusion Work Programme. The scope of these work packages ranges from plasma theory and simulation codes to experimental plasma physics and material science, indicating the broad area of expertise available at the division. There is direct engagement with the ITER Organization, contributing expertise in plasma modelling in the role of ITER Scientist Fellow.
The in-house experiment device EXTRAP T2R is an asset for both education and research at the division. EXTRAP T2R is the only fusion experiment in Scandinavia, and is one of the largest experiments at KTH. The device enables hands-on experience of fusion research for undergraduate, master's and PhD students.