On Nov. 15, 2022, the ninth Fusion Day organized by the Austrian Fusion Research Unit took place at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). The aim of this annual event is primarily the exchange and networking of scientists of the Austrian fusion research program.
After an online-only event in 2020 as well as a hybrid event in 2021, this year's Fusion Day was again held on-site only. 40 participants came from all over Austria to attend the event, present their latest results and exchange ideas with their colleagues.
The event was opened at 9 am by Professor Friedrich Aumayr, Director of the Austrian Fusion Research Unit and Professor at TU Wien, who warmly welcomed all participants and introduced this year's guest speaker, Prof. Dr. Daniel Primetzhofer. Daniel Primetzhofer is a professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University in the field of applied nuclear physics. He is also the director of the Tandem Laboratory, whose goal is to provide and develop tools for ion beam-based research. Fitting to the topic, the title of his talk was "Studies of first wall materials using ion beams".
The guest lecture was followed by several interesting 20-minute talks by students as well as project group leaders who presented recent research results of their research groups. The Austrian fusion research program currently comprises 10 research groups from Vienna, Graz, Salzburg, Leoben and Innsbruck.