The University of Innsbruck hosts the only operational Q-machine in Europe, along with some other small experiments. The Innsbruck Q-machine is a linear magnetised plasma machine, in which an extremely quiescent alkaline plasma is produced by contact ionization on a hot metallic plate. A typical practicum includes operation of IQM and its vacuum system, basic measurements with probes and excitation and investigation of various instabilities.
The Innsbruck Q-machine is used by local master and doctoral students and a large number of guest students from various international programmes. Access is granted to visiting students provided they have the funding to finance their stay.