First plasma in the Upgraded Pilot-PSI facility

April 18th 2018

On Wednesday April 11th, the team of Fusion Facilities & Instrumentation at DIFFER achieved an important milestone by igniting the first plasma in the experimental facility Upgraded Pilot-PSI (UPP). With this new facility, research will be performed on what occurs in the top several hundreds of nanometers of materials during exposure to the plasma conditions inside a fusion reactor. When ready, UPP will consist not only of a plasma chamber, but also of a new connection to the Ion Beam Facility (IBF) that is already active at DIFFER for material research. The IBF offers the necessary diagnostics to analyse processes inside the samples during exposure to the plasma.

First plasma in Upgraded Pilot-PSI (UPP)

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Work starts on Upgraded Pilot-PSI
Ion Beam Facility is getting into shape

Overview of the Ion Beam Facility (bottom) connected to
Magnum-PSI (top left), Upgraded Pilot-PSI (top) and
Ion Beam Analysis Station for internal and external users.