Research at CCFE

MAST control room - image copyright Monty Rakusen
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy contributes to most of the key areas of study in magnetic confinement fusion research.

Our work is part of a co-ordinated European programme led by the EUROfusion consortium. This is focused on providing Europe's input to the next-step international fusion experiment, ITER, and the demonstration power station that will follow it, known as DEMO.

Main research activities at CCFE include:

  • Experiments on the MAST spherical tokamak;
  • Participation in the JET research programme;
  • A theory and modelling programme which studies key areas of plasma physics and predicts performance of future tokamaks such as ITER;
  • Studies of the materials and technology needed in ITER and fusion power stations.

Fusion research at CCFE is funded jointly by Euratom and by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

For recent scientific reports by CCFE researchers, please see the Technical reports page in the Resources section.