UW is home to diverse activities in plasma science and fusion energy research

» Science and technology for fusion energy development
» Basic properties of the plasma state
» Plasma science and astrophysical phenomena
» Plasma-aided manufacturing

Established in the early 1960’s, the plasma and fusion research program at UW is one of the broadest university research and graduate education programs in these areas in the US. It includes several high-performance plasma confinement experiments, collaborations in national and international experiments, a cross-disciplinary theory and computation effort, a comprehensive fusion engineering program, a center for plasma-aided manufacturing, and a Physics Frontier Center on Magnetic Organization. The departments of Physics, Engineering Physics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering host the research and education programs in fusion and plasma science at UW.

Please explore the programs and activities below to get more information. Thank you for your interest!

Wisconsin Plasma Physics Laboratory supports a diverse set of basic plasma physics research activities that involve experimental, theoretical, and computational physics efforts in the Physics Department.
Center for Plasma Theory and Computation is a multi-department forum for collaboration on theoretical problems in the physics of laboratory and natural plasma.
Pegasus Toroidal Experiment is an extremely low aspect ratio spherical torus device that can achieve high ratios of plasma pressure to applied magnetic pressure (β) in the Engineering Physics Department.
Helically Symmetric eXperiment (HSX) is a modular coil stellarator for investigating transport, turbulence, and confinement in a quasi-helically symmetric magnetic field in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
Fusion Technology Institute investigates and assesses technological problems posed by controlled thermonuclear fusion reactors in the Engineering Physics Department.
Madison Plasma Dynamo Experiment (MPDX) investigates the self-generation of magnetic fields and related processes in a large, weakly magnetized, fast flowing, and hot (conducting) plasma in the Physics Department
Beyond campus, UW maintains strong collaborative research programs at national and international fusion facilities.

  • DIII-D at General Atomics in San Diego, CA
  • NSTX-U at PPPL in Princeton, NJ
  • W7-X at IPP in Greifswald, Germany