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

Characterization of the mutual influence of Ion Cyclotron and Lower Hybrid Range of frequencies systems on EAST

Guillaume URBANCZYK, Xinjun Zhang, Chengming Qin, Yanping Zhao, Tao Zhang, Ling Zhang, Jiangang Li, Shuai Yuan, Liang Chen, Heng Zhang, Jiahui Zhang, Jianhua Wang, Xiuda Yang, Jinping Qian


EPJ Web of Conferences, EDP Sciences, 2017, 157, pp.03057. ⟨10.1051/epjconf/201715703057⟩

Metallic impurity sources behavior during ICRH in EAST

Guillaume URBANCZYK, X.J. Zhang, L. Colas, A. Ekedahl, S. Heuraux, J. Li, C.M. Qin, Y.P. Zhao, L. Zhang, X.D. Yang


Nuclear Materials and Energy, Elsevier, 2018, 17, pp.274-278. ⟨10.1016/j.nme.2018.10.008⟩

Optimization of discharges with ion cyclotron range of frequencies using local gas injection in EAST

Guillaume URBANCZYK, X.Z. Zhang, Y. Cheng, L. Colas, W. Helou, S. Yuan, C.M. Qin, Y. Zhao, J.H. Wang, L. Liu, J Li


Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2019, 59 (6), pp.066023. ⟨10.1088/1741-4326/ab1610⟩

Influence of work function on the multipactor threshold

Adrien Plaçais, Eden Sorolla, Mohamed Belhaj, Julien Hillairet, Jérôme Puech


2018 IEEE MTT-S International Conference on Numerical Electromagnetic and Multiphysics Modeling and Optimization, NEMO 2018, Aug 2018, REYKJAVIK, Iceland

Electron burst driven by near electric field effects of lower-hybrid launchers

L. Valade, A. Ekedahl, Philippe Ghendrih, Y. Sarazin, Y. Asahi, H. Bufferand, E. Caschera, P. Di Cintio, G. Ciraolo, G. Dif-Pradalier, P. Donnel, X. Garbet, P.-A Giorgi, V. Grandgirard, G. Latu, S. Lepri, R. Livi, A. Nouri, E. Serre


Contributions to Plasma Physics, Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2018, 58 (6-8), pp.465-470. ⟨10.1002/ctpp.201700156⟩

Generation and dynamics of SOL corrugated profiles

Philippe Ghendrih, Y. Asahi, E. Caschera, G. Dif-Pradalier, P. Donnel, X. Garbet, C. Gillot, V. Grandgirard, G. Latu, Y. Sarazin, S. Baschetti, H. Bufferand, T. Cartier-Michaud, G. Ciraolo, P. Tamain, R. Tatali, E. Serre


Journal of Physics: Conference Series, IOP Publishing, 2018, 1125, pp.012011. ⟨10.1088/1742-6596/1125/1/012011⟩

Verification of turbulent simulations using PoPe: quantifying model precision and numerical error with data mining of simulation output

Thomas Cartier-Michaud, Philippe Ghendrih, Guilhem Dif-Pradalier, Xavier Garbet, Virginie Grandgirard, Guillaume Latu, Yanick Sarazin, Frederic Schwander, Eric Serre


Journal of Physics: Conference Series, IOP Publishing, 2018, 1125, pp.012005. ⟨10.1088/1742-6596/1125/1/012005⟩

Self-consistent modelling of heating synergy between NBI and ICRH in JET deuterium plasmas

J. Joly, J. Garcia, Frédéric Imbeaux, R. Dumont, M. Schneider, T. Johnson, Jean-François Artaud


Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2019, 61, pp.075017. ⟨10.1088/1361-6587/ab1f54⟩

Identification of BeO and BeOxDy in melted zones of the JET Be limiter tiles: Raman study using comparison with laboratory samples

M. Kumar, C. Makepeace, C. Pardanaud, Y. Ferro, E. Hodille, C. Martin, P. Roubin, A. Widdowson, T. Dittmar, C. Linsmeier, C. Lungu, C. Porosnicu, I. Jepu, P. Dinca, M. Lungu, O. G. Pompilian


Nuclear Materials and Energy, Elsevier, 2018, 17, pp.295-301. ⟨10.1016/j.nme.2018.11.008⟩

Comparison of 3D vs. 1D diffusion trapping modelling

Leila Sellami, Rémi Delaporte-Mathurin, Sofiane Benannoune, Yann Charles, Jonathan Mougenot, Monique Gaspérini, Christian Grisolia, Gregory De Temmerman


27th ITPA DivSOL Meeting, Jul 2019, Garching, Germany