The Instituto de Fusión Nuclear (IFN-GV) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is essentially devoted to Nuclear Research (basic and applied) related to both Nuclear Fusion and Fission are key goals in our program. Most of contributions have been (and will be) developed in Nuclear Fusion as future promising Energy Source, and in particular Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy, where the Institute is unique in Spain in size, personnel and projects (in fact no other than the Institute has a programme in this area of Energy by Laser Fusion). Science and Technology for Inertial and Magnetic development of future Engineering Facilities and Reactors have so many common areas that a general principle of the Institute from the starting of its life has been the very close collaboration with Centres in both initiatives.
A key aspect to understand this strategic plan is that thanks to the long time development of modelling and theoretical goals for Nuclear Fusion and Fission, a large capability has been generated that allow us, in the past and for next period of time, to be involved at the highest level in many other applications in Nuclear Technologies. Key lines are Fusion – Fission Hybrids reactors with goal of energy and final transmutation of radioactive wastes in the same fuel cycle; Spallation Neutron Sources for Neutron Scattering Techniques (ESS, and ESS Bilbao) and Accelerator Driven Systems for Energy generation and Radioactive Waste Transmutation also key (other particles sources and their applications), Medical Image through Nuclear techniques, Nanotechnology, and most recently uses of nuclear non destructives methods for diagnosis of Li Batteries have been incorporated. That is possible because it is well proved that modelling techniques already (and presently) developed by personnel of the Institute have synergistic applications for some areas of knowledge.
The Institute has been traditionally a Theoretical and Modelling group, very much connected with Experiments abroad; however, in recent initiatives and forward planning new facilities and experiments will be requested to be potentially implemented in the campus of UPM or others.