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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

Surfactant-assisted electrodeposition of Au–Co/WS2 self-lubricating coating from WS2 suspended cyanide electrolyte

Zhaoxi Chen, Julien Wagner, Viviane Turq, Julien Hillairet, Pierre-Louis Taberna, Raphaël Laloo, Sandrine Nathalie Duluard, Jean-Michel Bernard, Yuntao Song, Qingxi Yang, Kun Lu, Yong Cheng


Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Elsevier, 2020, 829, pp.154585. ⟨10.1016/j.jallcom.2020.154585⟩

Investigation of tokamak turbulent avalanches using wave-kinetic formulation in toroidal geometry

Camille Gillot, Guilhem Dif-Pradalier, Xavier Garbet, Olivier Panico, Yanick Sarazin, Robin Varennes, David Zarzoso



Model order reduction approach to one-dimensional collisionless closure problem

Camille Gillot, Guilhem Dif-Pradalier, Xavier Garbet, Philippe Ghendrih, Virginie Grandgirard, Yanick Sarazin



Robust control of q-profile and βp using data-driven models on EAST

Sen Wang, Emmanuel Witrant, Didier Moreau


Fusion Engineering and Design, Elsevier, 2021, 162, pp.112071. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2020.112071⟩

Wave trapping and E × B staircases

Xavier Garbet, O Panico, R Varennes, C Gillot, G Dif-Pradalier, Y Sarazin, V Grandgirard, P Ghendrih, L Vermare



WEST operation with real time feed back control based on wall component temperature toward machine protection in a steady state tungsten environment

Raphaël Mitteau, Chakib Belaldil, Colette Balorin, Xavier Courtois, Victor Moncada, Rémy Nouailletas, Benjamin Santraine


Fusion Engineering and Design, Elsevier, In press

Disruption avoidance strategies for DEMO

Wolfgang Biel, E. Alessi, R. Ambrosino, Marco Ariola, Inessa Bolshakova, Kai Jakob Brunner, Marco Cecconello, Sean Conroy, Dejan Dezman, Ivan Duran, Slavomir Entler, Emiliano Fable, Daniela Farina, Th. Franke, Luca Giacomelli, Louis Giannone, R. Gomes, Bruno Gonçalves, Stéphane Heuraux, Anders Hjalmarsson, Martin Hron, Filip Janky, Anže Jesenko, Andreas Krimmer, Ondřej Kudlacek, Raul Luis, Oleksandr Marchuk, G Marchiori, Massimiliano Mattei, F. Maviglia, Gianluca De Masi, Didier Mazon, P Muscente, Yohanes Nietiadi, S. Nowak, Alfredo Pironti, Antonio Quercia, E. Ricardo, Natale Rispoli, Gennady Sergienko, G. Schramm, Samir El Shawish, Mattia Siccinio, A. Silva, F. Da Silva, Carlo Sozzi, Marco Tardocchi, Duccio Testa, Wolfgang Treutterer, Alberto Vale, Oleksandr Vasyliev, Sven Wiesen, Harmut Zohm


28th European Fusion Programme Workshop, Dec 2020, visioconference, France

SIPHORE: Conceptual Study of a High Efficiency Neutral Beam Injector Based on Photo-detachment for Future Fusion Reactors

A. Simonin, L. Christin, H. De Esch, P. Garibaldi, C. Grand, F. Villecroze, C. Blondel, C. Delsart, C. Drag, M. Vandevraye, A. Brillet, W. Chaibi


SECOND INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON NEGATIVE IONS, BEAMS AND SOURCES, Nov 2010, Takayama City, Japan. pp.494-504, ⟨10.1063/1.3637421⟩

Photo-neutralization of Negative Ion Beam for Future Fusion Reactor

W. Chaibi, C. Blondel, L. Cabaret, C. Delsart, C. Drag, Alain Simonin


NEGATIVE IONS, BEAMS AND SOURCES: Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Negative Ions, Beams and Sources, Sep 2008, Aix-en-Provence (France), France. pp.385-394, ⟨10.1063/1.3112535⟩

Numerical investigation of optimal divertor gas baffle closure on TCV

D. Galassi, H Reimerdes, C Theiler, M. Wensing, H. Bufferand, G. Ciraolo, P Innocente, Y Marandet, P Tamain


Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2020, 62 (11), pp.115009. ⟨10.1088/1361-6587/abb24f⟩