PPFE staff

About PPFE


Our mission is to bring fusion power, a viable and sustainable way to produce energy, to the grid. We deliver a high-quality, coherent, and effective Danish contribution to the international fusion programme, in accordance with the European Roadmap. We promote fusion energy through teaching, outreach activities and dissemination to the public and stakeholders. 

Fusion Plasma Physics

We are interested in understanding the fundamental physical processes in fusion-relevant plasmas. We presently contribute to EUROfusion and ITER, specifically with 
CTS (Collective Thomson Scattering) diagnostic and its applications.
High performance numerical simulations of the plasma edge region. 

Education of fusion engineers and physicists 

We provide and organize education and training in fusion and plasma physics for students, scientists, and engineers. Local experiments augment our participation in large international fusion facilities.




Our activities directly contribute to the realisation of the ITER experimental fusion device. ITERs goal is to demonstrate net energy production by fusion reactions. ITER is presently being constructed in Cadarache, France.

In our research we particularly focus on studies of:

  • Transport and turbulence
  • Dynamics of energetic ions

in magnetically confined fusion plasmas. To this effect we develop large scale numeric codes to simulate plasma turbulence behaviour in the edge region of fusion devices. This is important to optimise and control the plasma behaviour and plasma power exhaust. In operating fusion plasmas energetic ions are expected to dominate the plasma behaviour in the central region of the fusion device. For the experimental characterisation of energetic ions we develop and operate the collective Thomson scattering measurement systems. Both items are high priority research areas on the way towards a working fusion power plant.



We contribute to the education of physicists and engineers by offering courses in plasma physics and fusion energy. Read more about our projects and courses here.


Volker Naulin
DTU Physics
+45 25 37 45 38