MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) is known internationally as
a leading university research center for the study of plasma and fusion
science and technology with research activities in six separate but
MIT's fusion device, the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, is unique in its
dedication to compact size and high performance. As a result, Alcator
experiments have performed at levels rivaling the largest fusion
experiments in the world. In particular, Alcator provides key information to optimize ITER performance.
The Physics Research Division develops fundamental experimental and
theoretical understanding of magnetically confined and laboratory plasmas,
including theoretical and computational support for the Alcator C-Mod
tokamak and the Levitated Dipole Experiment. Additional research includes
basic plasma research on magnetic reconnection on the Versatile Toroidal
Facility, and advanced plasma diagnostic development for magnetic fusion
The HEDP Division designs and implements experiments, and performs
theoretical calculations, to study and explore the non-linear dynamics and properties of plasmas in inertial fusion and those under the extreme
conditions of density (~1000 g/cc), pressure (~ 1000 gigabar), and field
Waves & Beams
The Waves and Beams Division conducts research on novel sources of electromagnetic radiation, including gyrotrons, and on the generation and acceleration of particle beams. In addition, the division provides important support to the design of the ITER ECH transmission line system.
Technology & Engineering
The Technology and Engineering Division has broad experience in engineering research and development of magnet systems for use in PSFC projects, in national and international fusion projects, and in a wide variety of applications for government laboratories, industry, medical institutions, and others.