Posted on: 9th December 2016


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The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) manages the Austrian contribution to European fusion research. Its Fusion Research Unit, known as “Fusion at ÖAW”, comprises three universities: Technische Universität Wien, Technische Universität Graz, and Universität Innsbruck and two institutes: Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft and Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science. Education of young researchers is the predominant objective of Fusion at ÖAW.

Core competencies of Fusion@ÖAW

  • Research into high heat flux materials: A research team at the Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science at ÖAW carries out work on optimizing the mechanical properties of materials such as tungsten foils.
  • Modelling and computational physics: The Plasma Physics Group working at Graz University of Technology’s Institut für Theoretische Physik employ modelling techniques and computational approaches in their research.
  • Long tradition in plasma physics: Research at University of Innsbruck include fast-ion, measuring of plasma turbulence with specifically designed probes, modelling of plasma turbulence, plasma-wall interaction and molecular dynamics simulations.
  • Tokamak wall materials and superconductivity: Researchers at the Institute of Applied Physics of TU Wien study the erosion of plasma facing materials, such as tungsten, carbon and beryllium.