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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

Investigation of the dependency of midplane separatrix density as a function of engineering parameters for H-mode pulses in JET with the ITER Like Wall

julio balbin, Jérôme Bucalossi, Hugo Bufferand, Guido Ciraolo


17th international workshop on plasma edge theory in fusion devices, Aug 2019, La Jolla, United States

Advanced Modeling of Electromagnetic Loading of Cable-in-Conduit Conductors for Fusion Magnets

Frédéric Lebon, Rebecca Riccioli, Alexandre Torre, Damien Durville, Marco Breschi, Frederic Lebon, Vladimir Tronza


IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2020, 30 (4), pp.1-5. ⟨10.1109/TASC.2020.2978463⟩

model of interchange turbulent transport: on the correlation between scrape off layer width and core confinement in tokamaks

N. Fedorczak, Mathieu Peret, Philippe Ghendrih, Patrick Tamain, Hugo Bufferand


IAEA Headquarters,, Nov 2019, Vienne, Austria

Description of the model Application to 2D transport modelling Application to 3D turbulence modelling

H. Bufferand, P. Tamain, S. Baschetti, G. Ciraolo, N. Fedorczak, A. Gallo, Ph Ghendrih, G Giorgiani, Y. Marandet, Y Notay, F. Schwander, M. Scotto, E. Serre


IAEA, Nov 2019, Vienne, Austria

Dynamic modelling of local fuel desorption and retention in the wall of nuclear fusion reactors for auto-consistent plasma-wall interaction simulations.

Julien Denis


Materials Science [cond-mat.mtrl-sci]. Aix-Marseille Université (AMU), 2019. English. ⟨NNT : 2019AIXM0682⟩

Dynamic modelling of local fuel inventory and desorption in the whole tokamak vacuum vessel for auto-consistent plasma-wall interaction simulations

Julien Denis, J. Bucalossi, G. Ciraolo, Etienne Hodille, B. Pégourié, H. Bufferand, C. Grisolia, T. Loarer, Y. Marandet, E. Serre, JET Contributors


Nuclear Materials and Energy, Elsevier, 2019, 19, pp.550-557. ⟨10.1016/j.nme.2019.03.019⟩

Kinetic model for hydrogen absorption in tungsten with coverage dependent surface mechanisms

Etienne Hodille, S. Markelj, M Peccovnik, M Ajmalghan, Z Piazza, Y. Ferro, T. Schwarz-Selinger, C. Grisolia


Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, In press, ⟨10.1088/1741-4326/aba454⟩

Sputtering of beryllium oxide by deuterium at various temperatures simulated with molecular dynamics

Etienne Hodille, Jesper Byggmästar, E Safi, Kai Nordlund


Physica Scripta, IOP Publishing, 2020, T171, pp.014024. ⟨10.1088/1402-4896/ab43fa⟩

Performance assessment of high heat flux W monoblock type target using thin graded and copper interlayers for application to DEMO divertor

M. Richou, F. Gallay, B. Böswirth, I. Chu, G. Dose, H. Greuner, G. Kermouche, M. Lenci, Th. Loewenhoff, M. Wirtz, S. Roccella, E. Visca, J.H. You


Fusion Engineering and Design, Elsevier, 2019, 146 (Part A), pp.858-861. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2019.01.098⟩

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

A. Durif, M. Richou, G. Kermouche, M. Lenci, J-M. Bergheau


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