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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

Co-deposited layer characterisation and removal control by opticam emission spectroscopy coupled to nano-second laser ablation

F. Le Guern, F. Brygo, P. Fichet, E. Gautier, C. Hubert, C. Lascoutouna, D. Menut, S. Mousset, A. Semerok, M. Tabarant, Jm. Weulersse


Fusion Engineering and Design, 2006, 81, ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2005.09.081⟩

JET contributions to ITER technology issues A. Semerok i,

C. Grisolia, S. Rosanvallon, P. Coad, N. Bekris, J. Braet, D. Brennan, B. Brichard, G. Counsell, C. Day, J. Likonen, G. Piazza, C. Poletiko, M. Rubel, A. Semerok


Fusion Engineering and Design, 2006, 81, ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2005.08.033⟩

In Vitro Analysis of the Effects of ITER-Like Tungsten Nanoparticles: Cytotoxicity and Epigenotoxicity in BEAS-2B Cells

Chiara Uboldi, Marcos Sanles Sobrido, Elodie Bernard, Virginie Tassistro, Nathalie Herlin-Boime, Dominique Vrel, Sébastien Garcia-Argote, Stéphane Roche, Frédérique Magdinier, Gheorghe Dinescu, Veronique Malard, Laurence Lebaron-Jacobs, Jérôme Rose, Bernard Rousseau, Philippe Delaporte, Christian Grisolia, Thierry Orsière


Nanomaterials, MDPI, 2019, From Basic Research to New Tools and Challenges for the Genotoxicity Testing of Nanomaterials, 9 (9), pp.1233. ⟨10.3390/nano9091233⟩

Stabilization of defects by the presence of hydrogen in tungsten: simultaneous W-ion damaging and D-atom exposure

E.A. Hodille, S. Markelj, T. Schwarz-Selinger, A. Založnik, M. Pečovnik, M. Kelemen, C. Grisolia

Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2019, 59 (1), pp.016011. ⟨10.1088/1741-4326/aaec97⟩

Direct Observation of Dynamical Bifurcation between Two Driven Oscillation States of a Josephson Junction

I. Siddiqi, R. Vijay, F. Pierre, C. Wilson, L. Frunzio, M. Metcalfe, C. Rigetti, R. Schoelkopf, M. Devoret, D. Vion, D. Estève


Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2005, 94 (2), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.94.027005⟩

Nanoparticle-Templated Self-Assembly of Viral Capsids Probed by Time-Resolved Absorbance Spectroscopy and X-Ray Scattering

Andrew Burke, Maelenn Chevreuil, Alisier Paris, Vanessa Delagrange, Claire Goldmann, Doru Constantin, Guillaume Tresset, Javier Pérez


Physical Review Applied, American Physical Society, 2018, 10 (5), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevApplied.10.054065⟩

A multi-scale strategy to predict fretting-fatigue endurance of overhead conductors

J. Said, S. Garcin, S. Fouvry, G. Cailletaud, C. Yang, F. Hafid


Tribology International, Elsevier, 2019, pp.106053. ⟨10.1016/j.triboint.2019.106053⟩

Poloidal asymmetry and dynamics of perpendicular flow in Tore Supra plasmas

Laure Vermare, Pascale Hennequin, Özgür D. Gürcan, Cyrille Honoré, Pierre Morel, A. Storelli, Peter DONNEL, X. Garbet, J-C. Giacalone, And Tore Supra Team


45th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics, Jul 2018, Prague, Czech Republic. pp.P5.1062

Advanced mechanical modeling of cyclically loaded cable-in-conduit conductors for fusion magnets

Rebecca Riccioli, Alexandre Torre, Damien Durville, Marco Breschi, Frédéric Lebon, V. Tronza


26th edition of the International Conference on Magnet Technology, Sep 2019, Vancouver, Canada

Radio-Frequency Hands-on for Nuclear Fusion Master Students

Julien Hillairet, Joëlle Achard, Riccardo Ragona