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    IRFM welcomes around 30 PhD students and 40 trainees per year.
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    WEST Tokamak

    W (tungsten) Environment in Steady-state Tokamak
    WEST validates and fatigue-tests the ITER actively-cooled tungsten divertor components
    during the ITER construction phase and prepare their safe operation.

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    IRFM activities
    Participating in the realization of ITER and European Fusion program
    Preparing the operation of next generation devices
    Fusion physics understanding by theory and experiments
    Fusion Reactor Studies
    And Much More...

Institute for Magnetic Fusion Research

IRFM belongs CEA, the French Alternatives Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. Located in the CEA Cadarache Center, ITER next door, the 300 employees of the Institute are carrying out research on Magnetic Fusion as a potential future energy source.

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IRFM Activities

Project Iter

Contribute to the implementation of the ITER project and those of the “Broader Approach”

Experiment, control, theory and modelling

Prepare the scientific operation of ITER, through control and experimentation activities, and through theory and modeling,

Future fusion reactor

Establish the basis for future fusion reactor.








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Latest publications

Performance Portable Implementation of a Kinetic Plasma Simulation Mini-App

Yuuichi ASAHI, Guillaume Latu, Virginie Grandgirard, Julien Bigot


WACCPD 2019: Accelerator Programming Using Directives, Nov 2019, Denver, CO, United States. pp.117-139, ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-49943-3_6⟩

An ITER Challenge Absolute surface temperature measurements of low and varying emissivity tungsten plasma facing components

D. Guilhem, J. Gaspar, C. Pocheau, Y. Corre


28th IEEE Symposium on Fusion Engineering, Jun 2019, jacksonvile, United States


Maxime CHILETTI, Jean-Luc Duchateau, Frédéric Topin, Bernard Turck, Louis Zani


IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2020

Void fraction influence on CICCs coupling losses: Parametric measurements and analysis with MPAS model

M Chiletti, J Duchateau, F Topin, B Turck, L Zani


IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2020

Inverse Radiation Problem with Infrared Images to Monitor Plasma-Facing Components Temperature in Metallic Fusion Devices

Charly Talatizi, Marie-Hélène Aumeunier, Fabrice Rigollet, Mickael Le Bohec, Jonathan Gérardin, Jonathan Gaspar, Christophe Le Niliot, Albrecht Herrmann


Fusion Engineering and Design, Elsevier, 2020

Influence of interface conditions on hydrogen transport studies

Rémi Delaporte-Mathurin, Etienne Hodille, Jonathan Mougenot, Y. Charles, Gregory De Temmerman, Floriane Leblond, Christian Grisolia


Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2021, 61 (3), pp.036038. ⟨10.1088/1741-4326/abd95f⟩

Impact of collisionality on turbulence in the edge of tokamak plasma using 3D global simulations

Raffaele Tatali, Eric Serre, Patrick Tamain, Davide Galassi, Philippe Ghendrih, Federico Nespoli, Hugo Bufferand, Thomas Cartier-Michaud, Guido Ciraolo


Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2021, ⟨10.1088/1741-4326/abe98b⟩

Double pulse laser-induced plasmas on W and Al by ps-LIBS: Focus on the plasma-second pulse interaction

Aurélien Favre, Vincent Morel, Arnaud Bultel, Gilles GODARD, Saïd Idlahcen, Abdenacer Benyagoub, Isabelle Monnet, Alexandre Sémérok, Maria Dinescu, Sabina Markelj, Philippe Magaud, Christian Grisolia


Fusion Engineering and Design, Elsevier, 2021, 168, pp.112364. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2021.112364⟩

Recrystallization at high temperature of two tungsten materials complying with the ITER specifications

M. Richou, A. Durif, M. Lenci, M. Mondon, M. Minissale, L. Gallais, G. Kermouche, G. De Temmerman


Journal of Nuclear Materials, Elsevier, 2020, 542, pp.152418. ⟨10.1016/j.jnucmat.2020.152418⟩

A high power laser facility to conduct annealing tests at high temperature

M. Minissale, A. Durif, P. Hiret, Thierry Vidal, J. Faucheux, M. Lenci, M. Mondon, G. Kermouche, Y. Pontillon, C. Grisolia, M. Richou, L. Gallais


Review of Scientific Instruments, American Institute of Physics, 2020, 91 (3), pp.035102. ⟨10.1063/1.5133741⟩