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The research programmes

Nuclear Fission

Most of the research is carried out at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and is closely coordinated with related international programmes. The programme focuses on the following main areas:

  • Regulatory safety research as the basis for the activities of the supervisory authority: fuels and materials, internal incidents and damage, external incidents, human factors, system behaviour and malfunctions, radiation protection, disposal
  • Research relating to the disposal of radioactive waste: principles of nuclide transport, risk analysis, studies in exploration shafts, etc.
  • Basic research for advanced reactor types: passive safety systems, safety containers, fuel cycles, etc.

Nuclear Fusion

The aim behind nuclear fusion research is to find a way to exploit an important future energy source. Practically all research is carried out at the Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, which is involved in corresponding international programmes, in particular Euratom. The large scale International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, ITER) is currently being developed within the scope of international cooperation. The aim here is to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility, as well as the safety, of nuclear fusion.  

Contact: Michael Moser
Last update: 11.06.2012

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