Mervi Mantsinen

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

– Casson F et al. 2020, ‘Predictive multi-channel flux-drive modelling to optimise ICRH tungsten control and fusion performance in JET’, Nucl. Fusion 60, 6, 066029.

– Hole M et al., 2020, ‘The impact of anisotropy on ITER scenarios’, Nucl. Fusion 60, 11, 112010.

– Kazakov Ye O et al. 2020, ‘Plasma heating and generation of energetic D ions with the 3-ion ICRF+NBI scheme in mixed H-D plasmas at JET-ILW’, Nucl. Fusion 60 112013.

– Kiptily V et al. 2020,’Excitation of elliptical and toroidal Alfvén Eigenmodes by 3-He-ions of the MeV-energy range in hydrogen-rich JET plasmas’, Nucl. Fusion 60, 11, 112003.

– Lerche E et al. 2020, ‘Sawtooth control with modulated ICRH in JET-ILW H-mode plasmas’, Nucl. Fusion, 60, 12, 126037.

– Nocente M et al. 2020, ‘Generation and observation of fast deuterium ions and fusion-born alpha particles in JET with the 3-ion radio-frequency heating scenario’, Nucl. Fusion, 60, 12, 124006.

– Ochoukov R et al. 2020, ‘Compressional Alfvén eigenmodes detected with ion-cyclotron-emission diagnostics on the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak’, Nucl. Fusion, 60, 12, 126043.

Selected research activities

– Fusion Group Leader at BSC (

– Coordinator of the RIS3CAT Emerging Sector project FusionCAT ( involving 7 centers and budget of 4 M€ (2019-2022)

– Organizer of 1st Spanish Fusion HPC workshop, online, 2020

– Selected member of the EPS Plasma Physics Division Board

– Scientific Coordinator of EUROfusion experiment ‘ICRF scenario support for D and T plasmas” at the JET tokamak, UK

– Supervisor of 2 PhD and 2 BSc students (UPC and UAB, Spain)

– Invited member of a “Habilitation à Diriger des Rercherches” thesis at Aix-Marseilles University, France