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The plasma physics research centre CRPP was set up in 1961 by the Swiss national scientific research fund, shortly after the Geneva conference on the use of the atom for peaceful purposes (1958). In 1975, Switzerland worked out a mode of collaboration with Euratom, leading to an agreement ratified in 1979. Europe has mainly opted for the magnetic confinement approach, linked more closely than inertial fusion to civil research. It is against this background that the CRPP has chosen to focus its experience and expertise on a tokamak-type installation. A second machine, the TCV, came into operation recently. Switzerland's participation in the European programme enables the country to collaborate on major projects such as JET.

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Authors: PARIS P J, Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Journée d'information de l'ETG, 24 mars 1993, Lausanne (CH) : Proceedings, pp. 7-21
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