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ISTP-Milan is integrated into the national research program on controlled thermonuclear fusion.

  • The present main Research Units are the "Unità Tecnica Fusione" located at the ENEA-Frascati laboratories, the "Institute for Plasma Science and Technology ISTP-CNR" and the "Consorzio RFX" in Padua (a joint consortium associating CNR, ENEA, INFN, Università di Padova, Acciaierie Venete S.p.A.). Other research labs are gathered in the CREATE Consortium (affiliating the Università of Naples "Federico II", the Second University of Naples the University of Cassino, the University of Reggio Calabria) and other different University departments support the research program. About 500 researchers, technicians and office workers operate in the area of nuclear fusion.

The Italian research program is strongly linked to the European Research Program coordinated by EUROfusion Consortium and is well integrated into International activities through the European Domestic Agency Fusion for Energy (F4E) and ITER IO.

  • Research activities in the Italian network are mainly focused on magnetic confinement fusion research and include, in addition to experimental activities on FTU and RFX devices, theoretical studies and numerical simulations of fusion plasmas, a strong commitment to fusion education and training the new generations of scientists.
  • The Italian research labs regularly participate to the experimental campaigns of the most important tokamaks around Europe and worldwide: JET (UK), ASDEX Upgrade (GER), TCV (Switzerland), DIII-D (USA), KSTAR (South Korea), EAST (China) and play a key role in the design and construction of ITER. Moreover, Italy supports the signed agreement between the European Union and Japan, the so-called Broader Approach Agreement, for the construction and the exploitation of the new Japanese tokamak JT-60SA, a device designed and built as a satellite tokamak for ITER that to support the operation of ITER and to investigate how best to optimise the operation of fusion power plants that are built after ITER.
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