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

– Rakha A, Mantsinen MJ et al. 2019, ‘Modelling of beam-driven Alfven modes in TJ-II plasmas’, Nucl. Fusion, 59, 5, 056002.

– Rakha A, Lauber Ph, Mantsinen MJ & Spong DA 2019, ‘Shear Alfven wave continuum spectrum with bifurcated helical core equilibria’, Nucl. Fusion, 59, 10, 106042.

– Garzotti L et al. 2019, ‘Scenario development for D-T operation at JET’, Nucl. Fusion, 59, 7, 076037.

– Garcia J et al. 2019, ‘First principles and integrated modelling achievements towards trustful fusion power predictions for JET and ITER’, Nucl. Fusion, 59, 8, 086047.

– Kirov K et al. 2019, ‘Fast ion synergistic effects in JET high performance pulses’, Nucl. Fusion, 59, 5, 056005.

– Garcia-Munoz M et al. 2019 ‘Active Control of Alfvén Eigenmodes in Magnetically Confined Toroidal Plasmas’, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion, 61, 5, 054007.

– Eriksson J et al. 2019, ‘Measuring fas ions in fusion plasmas with neutron diagnostics at JET’, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion, 61, 014027

– Nabais F et al. 2019, ‘Energetic ion losses ‘channeling’ mechanism and strategy for mitigation’, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion, 61, 8, 084008

– Czarnecka A et al. 2019, ‘Analysis of metallic impurity content by means of VUV and SXR diagnostics in hybrid discharges with hot-spots on the JET-ILW poloidal limiter’, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion, 61, 085004

Selected research activities

Fusion Group Leader at BSC (

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

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

Scientific Coordinator of EUROfusion experiment ‘ICRF scenario support for D and T plasmas’ at the JET tokamak, UK

Supervisor of 3 PhD and MSc students (UPC)

Member of a PhD thesis evaluation panel (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)

Reviewer for Spanish National Agency of Evaluation, EUROfusion, ICREA and journals Physics of Plasmas, Plasma & Fluids