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The research unit Nuclear Fusion is involved in fusion research since over thirty years.
The group has an extensive world-wide network of collaborations and contacts in fusion research, and is since many years recognized as an important player and a respected center of excellence in the fusion community.
The research in the unit is organized along three core areas:
1. Plasma heating and control using the ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF) method
2. Advanced data analysis in massive fusion databases and for real-time plasma control
3. Plasma-wall interaction and study of first-wall materials
For the three core areas, intensive contacts exist with respectively:
1. the Laboratory for Plasma Physics (LPP) at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels and the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP, Garching, Germany).
2. the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics and European Tokamak JET at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
3. the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK.CEN) in Mol and the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
These research activities are embedded in the European and worldwide research efforts.
Researchers of the group are further actively involved in work on the European Tokamak JET at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE, Oxfordshire, UK) , ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) and the Trilateral Euregio Cluster (TEC).