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.