Paolo Ricci

Associate Professor

EPF Lausanne


  • 2000-2004 PhD in physics, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • 2004-2006 Research Associate, Dartmouth College, USA
  • 2010-2016 Tenure Track Assistant Professor, EPF Lausanne
  • 2016-Present Associate Professor, EPF Lausanne

Area of research
Theoretical plasma physics.

Specialised in
Turbulent phenomena that occur in the boundary of fusion devices where, within a few centimetres, the temperature drops from values ten times as high as in the core of the sun to room temperature.

HPC means for me
An essential tool to disentangle the complex physical phenomena at play in fusion devices. This is necessary for optimal ITER operation and DEMO design.

Simulation of the tokamak boundary in reactor-relevant conditions

We address the interaction of the plasma with the neutral atoms that are injected with the goal of cooling the plasma before it reaches the solid walls of a fusion reactor.