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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 Europe 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

– Soba A et al. 2021, ‘Validations against SINBAD benchmark of the radiation transport module, a deterministic solver for the neutron transport equation‘, Fusion Engineering and Design, 169, 112497.

– Kalha C et al. 2022, Lifetime effects and satellites in the photoelectron spectrum of tungsten metal’, Phys. Rev. B 105, 4, 045129.

– Kazakov, Ye O et al. 2021, ‘Physics and applications of three-ion ICRF scenarios for fusion research’, Physics of Plasmas, 28, 020501.

– Gutierrez-Milla A, Zok T,  Owsiak M, Plociennik M, Mantsinen M 2021, ‘Progress in the transferability of fusion workflows across HPC systems’, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 63, 8, 084004.

Mantsinen M et al. 2021, ‘Recent key contributions of ICRF heating in support of plasma scenario development and fast ion studies on JET and ASDEX Upgrade’, IAEA FEC 2021.

– Giruzzi G et al. 2021, ‘Special Issue Featuring the Invited Talks from the 47th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics’, 21-25 June 2021, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion.

Mantsinen M et al. 2021, ‘Special Issue on High Performance Supercomputing (HPC) in Fusion Research 2020’, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion.

Selected research activities

Fusion Group Leader at BSC (

PI EUROfusion Advanced Computing Hub CIEMAT-BSC (2021-2025, 2M€)

PI FusionCAT (2019-2022, 7 centers, 4 M€)

Scientific Coordinator of EUROfusion experiments “2nd harmonic heating of T in DT plasmas in preparation for ITER” and “ICRH scenario support for D and T plasmas” on JET

Chair of Local Organizing Committee for the 47th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics

Member of the EPS Plasma Physics Division Board

Organizer of 2nd Fusion HPC workshop, online event, 2021

Supervisor of 2 PhD (UPC), 1 MSc and 1 BSc students (UAB, Spain)

President of A Dvornova’s PhD Defense committee, TU/e, Netherlands and AMU, France

ICREA Memoir 2021