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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

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

Spectroscopic determination of kinetic parameters for frequency sweeping Alfvén eigenmodes

Maxime Lesur, Y. Idomura, K. Shinohara, X. Garbet


Physics of Plasmas, American Institute of Physics, 2010, 17 (12), pp.122311. 〈10.1063/1.3500224〉

Using OpenMP tasks for a 2D Vlasov-Poisson Application

Jérôme Richard, Guillaume Latu, Julien Bigot

[Research Report] CEA Cadarache. 2019

Dust remobilization from rough planar surfaces in tokamak steady-state plasmas

A. Autricque, S. Peillon, F. Gensdarmes, M. Sow, N. Fedorczak, H. Roche, O. Pluchery, C. Grisolia


Nuclear Materials and Energy, Elsevier, 2018, 17 (Décembre 2018), pp.284-288. 〈10.1016/j.nme.2018.11.013〉

Radial density and heat fluxes description in the velocity space: Nonlinear simulations and quasi-linear calculations

J. Médina, M. Lesur, Etienne Gravier, T. Reveille, M. Idouakass, T. Drouot, P. Bertrand, T. Cartier-Michaud, X. Garbet, P. Diamond


Physics of Plasmas, American Institute of Physics, 2018, 25 (12), pp.122304. 〈10.1063/1.5057420〉

Impurity transport in tokamak plasmas: gyrokinetic study of neoclassical and turbulent transport

Peter Donnel


Plasma Physics [physics.plasm-ph]. Aix Marseille Université, 2018. English

Spatialized Vibrotactile Feedback Improves Goal-Directed Movements in Cluttered Virtual Environments

Cephise Louison, Fabien Ferlay, Daniel R. Mestre


International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Taylor & Francis, 2018, 34 (11), pp.1015-1031. 〈10.1080/10447318.2017.1411665〉

Magnetic configuration and plasma start-up in the WEST tokamak

E. Nardon, Holger Heumann, J. Artaud, J. Bucalossi, D Douai, N. Fedorczak, T. Loarer, P. Moreau, R. Nouailletas, C. Reux, F. Saint-Laurent, P. Tamain


45th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

An Automated Approach to Plasma Breakdown Design with Application to WEST

Holger Heumann, E. Nardon


44th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, 2017, Belfast, United Kingdom. Europhysics conference abstracts, 41 F, 44th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics