University of Tartu (UT)

The University of Tartu is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. It spearheads the country’s reputation in research and provision of higher education by belonging to the top 1.2% of the world’s best universities. This is where cutting-edge research is done, contributing through international cooperation to sustainable development and innovation.

More than 1,000 researchers are employed at the 31 institutes of the university.

Estonia’s fusion research for EUROfusion is coordinated by the Institute of Physics in the University of Tartu. The laboratories of the Institute of Physics participating in the fulfillment of different tasks of the programme are the Laboratory of Plasma Physics, the Laboratory of Physics of Ionic Crystals, and the Laboratory of Environmental Physics.

The Laboratory of Plasma Physics contributes to the activities of EUROfusion by the development of laser induced plasma spectroscopy methods for diagnostics of plasma-first wall interaction in tokamaks.

The Laboratory of Physics of Ionic Crystals participates in detailed characterization of radiation damage in optical/diagnostics window materials for fusion reactors via the methods of luminescence, absorbance and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR).

Laboratory of Environmental Physics participates in the neutronic assessment of DEMO bioshield plug options and in the development of special fiberconcrete composite materials with enhanced neutron radiation shielding properties.