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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
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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

Development of a compact bushing for NBI

H. De Esch, A. Simonin, C. Grand, Bruno Lepetit, Didier Lemoine, Maykel Márquez-Mijares, T. Minea, L. Caillault, B. Seznec, T. Jager, E. Odic, Michael J Kirkpatrick, Ph. Teste, Philippe Dessante, K. Almaksour


FIFTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON NEGATIVE IONS, BEAMS AND SOURCES (NIBS 2016), Sep 2016, Oxford, United Kingdom. 1869 (1), pp.060003, 2017, 〈10.1063/1.4995790〉

Inaugural tumor-like multiple sclerosis: clinical presentation and medium-term outcome in 87 patients

G. Balloy, J. Pelletier, L. Suchet, C. Lebrun, M. Cohen, P. Vermersch, H. Zephir, E. Duhin, O. Gout, R. Deschamps, E. Le Page, G. Edan, P. Labauge, C. Carra-Dallieres, L. Rumbach, E. Berger, P. Lejeune, P. Devos, J. N’Kendjuo, M. Coustans, E. Auffray-Calvier, B. Daumas-Duport, L. Michel, F. Lefrere, D. Laplaud, C. Brosset, P. Derkinderen, J. De Seze, S. Wiertlewski


Journal of Neurology, Springer Verlag, 2018, 265 (10), pp.2251-2259. 〈10.1007/s00415-018-8984-7〉

Tailoring steep density profile with unstable points

Shun Ogawa, Xavier Leoncini, Alexei Vasiliev, Xavier Garbet


Physics Letters A, Elsevier, 2019, 383 (1), pp.35-39. 〈10.1016/j.physleta.2018.09.014〉

Corrigendum : Extended Magneto-Hydro-Dynamic model for Neoclassical Tearing Mode Computations

Patrick Maget, Olivier Février, Xavier Garbet, Hinrich Lütjens, Jean-François LUCIANI, Alain Marx



Mechanical and Materials Development of Radio-Frequency Contact for the ITER Ion Cyclotron Resonance Heating Antenna

Zhaoxi Chen


Electromagnetism. l'Université Toulouse 3 - Paul Sabatier, 2018. English

First heat flux estimation in the lower divertor of WEST with embedded thermal measurements

J. Gaspar, Y. Corre, M. Firdaouss, J. Gardarein, J. Gerardin, J. Gunn, M. Houry, G. Laffont, T. Loarer, M. Missirlian, J. Morales, P. Moreau, C. Pocheau, E. Tsitrone, WEST Team


Fusion Engineering and Design, Elsevier, 2019

Renewal of the interfero-polarimeter diagnostic for WEST

C. Gil, G. Colledani, M. Domenes, D. Volpe, A. Berne, F. Faisse, C. Guillon, J. Morales, P. Moreau, B. Santraine


Fusion Engineering and Design, Elsevier, 2019, 140, pp.81-91. 〈10.1016/j.fusengdes.2019.02.003〉

Picosecond LIBS diagnostics for Tokamak in situ plasma facing materials chemical analysis

Vincent Morel, Bastien Peres, Arnaud Bultel, Ammar Hideur, Christian Grisolia


Physica Scripta, IOP Publishing, 2016, T167, pp.014016

DEMO design using the SYCOMORE system code: Influence of technological constraints on the reactor performances

C. Reux, S. Kahn, L. Zani, B. Pégourié, N. Piot, M. Owsiak, G. Aiello, J.-F. Artaud, A. Boutry, S. Dardour, L. Di Gallo, L. Duchateau, Davide Galassi, F. Imbeaux, C. Jaboulay, P. Magaud, J. Said, B. Saoutic, P. Sardain


Fusion Engineering and Design, Elsevier, 2018, 136, pp.1572-1576

An improved model for the accurate calculation of parallel heat fluxes at the JET bulk tungsten outer divertor

D. Iglesias, P. Bunting, J. W. Coenen, G. F. Matthews, R. A. Pitts, S. Silburn, I. Balboa, I. Coffey, Y. Corre, R. Dejarnac, J. Gaspar, E. Gauthier, S. Jachmich, K. Krieger, S. Pamela, V. Riccardo, M. Stamp


Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2018, 58 (10), pp.106034. 〈10.1088/1741-4326/aad83e〉