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York Plasma Institute

Fusion, Diagnostics, Industry, Environment, Coatings, Medicine, Collaboration, Training, Astrophysics,...

A PhD student working in the laser laboratory. © John Houlihan

Discussing results in the Remote Tokamak Control Room. © John Houlihan

Masters student working on a project to understand the physics of a glow discharge tube. © John Houlihan

The Remote Tokamak Control Room. © John Houlihan

Students working in the laser laboratory. © John Houlihan

Dr Roddy Vann and Dr Marjan van der Woude working with a plasma jet. © John Houlihan

Our research

Magnetic Confinement Fusion Inertial Confinement Fusion Low Temperature Plasmas

The York Plasma Institute brings together plasma scientists across a broad range of areas, with applications to magnetic and inertial confinement fusion, industry and medicine.

Fellowship Opportunities

There are a number of fellowship schemes that are funded by UK organisation. Examples are:

Our Fellowship page can provide further potential scholarship avenues to investigate. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully, and if you would like to apply to hold one of these fellowships at York, please get in touch with the relevant academic staff member. 

Postgraduate study

Fusion CDT

 Read about careers and experiences of our graduates, or what our current students are doing.

State-of-the-art facilities

YPI Laboratories building Remote Control Room

Purpose-built for our teaching and research

YPI Labs virtual tour

YPI Lab x226

Take a virtual tour of YPI's laboratories showing a current experiments and the equipment and facilities available. You can view the labs in virtual reality using Google Cardboard or Samung Gear VR headsets.


Intel etching machine ITER

Plasmas are used in a wide range of industrial and medical technologies, including: biomedical, plasma TV screens, coatings, packaging, efficient lighting, sterilisation, and computer chip fabrication. We work closely with companies to maximise the impact of our research.

We work with the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy to ensure that UK industry is well-placed to benefit from the construction of the €10Bn ITER next step experimental fusion device.