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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

Non-linear modeling of the threshold between ELM mitigation and ELM suppression by resonant magnetic perturbations in ASDEX upgrade ASDEX Upgrade

F Orain, M Hoelzl, F Mink, M. Willensdorfer, Marina Becoulet, M. Dunne, S Günter, G Huijsmans, K Lackner, S. Pamela, W Suttrop, E Viezzer


Physics of Plasmas, American Institute of Physics, 2019, 26, ⟨10.1063/1.5091843⟩

Nonlinear Modeling of the Effect of n=2 Resonant Magnetic Field Perturbation on Peeling-Ballooning Mode in KSTAR

S Kim, S. Pamela, O Kwon, Marina Becoulet, G Hujismans, Y In, M Hoelzl, J Lee, M Kim, G Park, H Kim, Y Lee, G Choi, C Lee, Y.-S Na



Edge localized mode rotation and the nonlinear dynamics of filaments

J. Morales, Marina Becoulet, X. Garbet, F. Orain, G. Dif-Pradalier, M. Hoelzl, S. Pamela, G. Huijsmans, P. Cahyna, A. Fil, E. Nardon, C. Passeron, G. Latu


Physics of Plasmas, American Institute of Physics, 2016, 23 (4), pp.042513. ⟨10.1063/1.4947201⟩

Resistive Reduced MHD Modeling of Multi-Edge-Localized-Mode Cycles in Tokamak X -Point Plasmas

F. Orain, Marina Becoulet, G. T. A. Huijsmans, G. Dif-Pradalier, M. Hoelzl, J. Morales, X. Garbet, E. Nardon, S. Pamela, C. Passeron, G. Latu, A. Fil, P. Cahyna


Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2015, 114 (3), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.035001⟩

Non-linear MHD modeling of edge localized mode cycles and mitigation by resonant magnetic perturbations

Francois Orain, Marina Becoulet, J. Morales, G Huijsmans, G. Dif-Pradalier, M. Hoelzl, G Garbet, S. Pamela, E. Nardon, C. Passeron, G. Latu, A Fil, C Cahyna


Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2015, 57 (1), pp.014020. ⟨10.1088/0741-3335/57/1/014020⟩

Mechanism of Edge Localized Mode Mitigation by Resonant Magnetic Perturbations

Marina Becoulet, F. Orain, G. T. A. Huijsmans, S. Pamela, P. Cahyna, M. Hoelzl, X. Garbet, E. Franck, E. Sonnendrücker, G. Dif-Pradalier, C. Passeron, G. Latu, J. Morales, E. Nardon, A. Fil, B. Nkonga, A. Ratnani, V. Grandgirard


Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2014, 113 (11), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.115001⟩

Heat flux analysis of Type I ELM impact on a sloped, protruding surface in the JET bulk tungsten divertor

J. Gaspar, J. Coenen, Y. Corre, R. Dejarnac, M. Firdaouss, F. Clairet, J. Gunn, D. Iglesias, M. Komm, K. Krieger, G. Matthews, R. Pitts, S. Silburn


Nuclear Materials and Energy, Elsevier, 2018, 17, pp.182-187. ⟨10.1016/j.nme.2018.10.009⟩

Experimental studies of electron emission properties under magnetic field for copper samples: effect of the surface morphology

Nicolas Fil, J. Hillairet, M. Belhaj, J. Puech


45th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, Jul 2018, PRAGUE, Czech Republic

Natural poloidal asymmetry and neoclassical transport of impurities in tokamak plasmas

Patrick Maget, Judith Frank, Timothée Nicolas, Olivier Agullo, Xavier Garbet, Hinrich Lütjens



A magnetic-field independent approach for strongly anisotropic equations arising plasma-edge transport simulations

Giorgio Giorgiani, H. Bufferand, G. Ciraolo, Eric Serre, P. Tamain


Nuclear Materials and Energy, Elsevier, 2019, 19, pp.340-345. ⟨10.1016/j.nme.2019.03.002⟩