Mervi Mantsinen

Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación

Engineering Sciences

I graduated in Technical Physics at Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), now Aalto University, Finland in 1992. I carried out my research in the Plasma Physics and Fusion Group of HUT until 1995 when I moved to the JET Joint European Torus, the largest tokamak in the world, located in the UK. At JET, I worked as Ion Cyclotron Resonance Frequency (ICRF) Physics Expert, Scientific Coordinator, Responsible Officer for several large modelling codes and Physicist in Charge as well as trained as Session Leader of JET experiments. My thesis for the degree of Doctor of Science in Technology at HUT in 1999 was based on my research at JET. In 2003 I became Deputy Leader of Task Force Heating and Current Drive at JET, with approx. 80 members at several research institutions across Europe. In 2006 I joined the ICRF group of the Asdex Upgrade tokamak, Max-Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics, Germany and in October 2013 I was appointed ICREA Research Professor at BSC.

Research interests

My research is directed towards contributing to the development of nuclear fusion as a source of energy and, in particular, to the ITER project. ITER is an international nuclear fusion R&D project, which is building the world's largest experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor in France. ITER aims to demonstrate that fusion energy is scientifically and technologically feasible. My research is focused in the numerical modelling of experiments in magnetically confined fusion devices in preparation for ITER operation, working towards the objectives of the European fusion research programme EUROfusion for Horizon 2020 in close collaboration with ITER, International Tokamak Physics Activity, EUROfusion and the Spanish national fusion laboratory CIEMAT. My overall objective is to enhance the modelling capabilities by code validation and optimization, with the ultimate goal of helping improve the performance of ITER and future fusion reactors.

Selected publications

- Gallart D, Mantsinen MJ et al. 2018, 'Modelling of JET hybrid plasmas with emphasis on combined ICRF and NBI', Nucl. Fusion 58, 106037

- Hellesen C, Mantsinen M et al. 2018, 'Analysis of resonant fast ion distributions during combined ICRF and NBI heating', Nucl. Fusion, 58, 056021

- Gutierrez-Milla A, Mantsinen MJ et al. 2018, 'New High Performance Computing Software for Multiphysics Simulations of Fusion Reactors', Nucl. Eng. Design, 136A, 639

- Mohr S et al. 2018, 'Linear scaling DFT calculations for large Tungsten systems',  Nucl. Mat. Energy, 15, 64

- Galdon-Quiroga J et al. 2018, 'Velocity space resolved absolute measurement of fast ion losses induced by a tearing mode in the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak', Nucl. Fusion, 58, 036005

- McClements KG et al. 2018, 'Observations and modelling of ion cyclotron emission observed in JET plasmas', Nucl. Fusion, 58, 9, 096020

- Nabais F et al. 2018, 'TAE stability calculations compared to TAE antenna results in JET', Nucl. Fusion, 58, 082007

- Dumont R et al. 2018, 'Scenario development for the observation of alpha-driven instabilities', Nucl. Fusion, 58, 082005

Selected research activities

Fusion Group Leader at BSC (

Scientific Coordinator of EUROfusion experiment ‘ICRF scenario support for D and T plasmas” at the JET tokamak, UK, and “W sputtering in ICRF-heated plasmas and development of novel ICRF schemes’ at the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak, Germany

Chair of Magnetic Confinement Fusion Plasma Panel of the Program Committee for the 45th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics

Evaluator of “Habilitation à diriger des recherches” of Dr R Dumont, Aix-Marseille Université and CEA, France.

Supervisor of 3 PhD and MSc students (UAB and UPC)

Coordinator of the RIS3CAT Emerging Sector Fusion proposal involving 7 centers and budget of 4 M€

Reviewer for Foundation of Polish Science, Spanish National Agency of Evaluation, EUROfusion, AQU Catalunya, and journals Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Physics of Plasmas, Plasma, Atoms