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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

How to prepare the GYSELA-X code to future exascale edge-core simulations

Virginie Grandgirard, Y Asahi, J Bigot, E Bourne, G Dif-Pradalier, P Donnel, X Garbet, Ph. Ghendrih, Yaman Güçlü, K Kormann, D Midou, Y Munschy, K Obrejan, Ch Passeron, R Varennes, Y Sarazin


PASC 2021 - The Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing Conference, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), Jul 2021, Genève - E-Conference, Switzerland

Divertor power loads and scrape off layer width in the large aspect ratio full tungsten tokamak WEST

J. Gaspar, Yann Corre, Nicolas Fedorczak, J.P. Gunn, Clarisse Bourdelle, S. Brezinsek, Jérôme Bucalossi, Nicolas Chanet, R. Dejarnac, M. Firdaouss, Jean-Laurent Gardarein, Guillaume Laffont, Thierry Loarer, C. Pocheau, Emmanuelle Tsitrone


Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2021, 61 (9), pp.096027. ⟨10.1088/1741-4326/ac1803⟩

Advances in the physics basis for the European DEMO design

R. Wenninger, F. Arbeiter, J. Aubert, L. Aho-Mantila, R. Albanese, R. Ambrosino, C. Angioni, J.-F. Artaud, M. Bernert, E. Fable, A. Fasoli, G. Federici, J. Garcia, G. Giruzzi, F. Jenko, P. Maget, M. Mattei, F. Maviglia, E. Poli, G. Ramogida, C. Reux, M. Schneider, B. Sieglin, F. Villone, M. Wischmeier, H. Zohm


Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2015, 55 (6), pp.063003. ⟨10.1088/0029-5515/55/6/063003⟩

Impact of tungsten recrystallization on ITER-like components for lifetime estimation

Alan Durif, Marianne Richou, G. Kermouche, Matthieu Lenci, Jean-Michel Bergheau


Fusion Engineering and Design, Elsevier, 2019, 138, pp.247-253. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2018.11.003⟩

Inverse identification of tungsten static recrystallization kinetics under high thermal flux

Alan Durif, M. Richou, G. Kermouche, Jean Michel Bergheau


Fusion Engineering and Design, Elsevier, 2019, 146, pp.1759-1763. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2019.02.141⟩

Physical challenges & numerical issues in controlled fusion plasmas

Yanick Sarazin


1O ième biennale française des mathématiques appliquées et industrielles (SMAI 2021), Jun 2021, La Grande Motte, France

Impact of leakage under divertor baffle on detachment onset in WEST with SOLEDGE3X modeling

H Yang, J Bucalossi, G Ciraolo, H Bufferand, N Fedorczak, P Tamain, G Falchetto, N Rivals, J Gunn, Y Marandet, B Pégourié, S Vartanian


47th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, EPS, Jun 2021, Virtual conference, France. pp.P2.1025

Self-generated reversed radial electric field in 3D global flux-driven fluid edge plasma turbulence simulations

Gloria Falchetto, Patrick Tamain, Hugo Bufferand, G. Ciraolo, Nicolas Fedorczak, P Ghendrih, Elias Laribi, BENJAMIN LUCE, Eric Serre, Raffaele Tatali


EPS 2021 - 47th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, Jun 2021, Virtual conference, France. 45A, pp.P1.1065, Europhysics conference abstracts - ISBN: 979-10-96389-13-1

2D imaging X-ray spectrometer on WEST : results and technical challenges

Didier VEZINET, Adrien DA ROS, Gilles COLLEDANI, C. Fenzi-Bonizec, G. BERTSCHINGER


EPS 2021 - 47th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, Jun 2021, Virtual conference, France. 45A, pp.P2.1010, Europhysics conference abstracts - ISBN: 979-10-96389-13-1

Link between ablation and line emission for hydrogen fuelling pellet in LHD

E Geulin, B Pégourié, M Goto, G Motojima, R Sakamoto, A Matsuyama


EPS 2021 - 47th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, European physical society, Jun 2021, Virtual conference, France. pp.P2.1045