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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

Discrete 1-D port-Hamiltonian burning plasma control model

Benjamin Vincent, Rémy Nouailletas, Jean-Francois Artaud, Nicolas Hudon, Laurent Lefevre, Denis Dochain


58th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Dec 2019, Nice, France

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

Peter Donnel

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

La Fusion avec WEST - Jeux et coloriages

Julien Hillairet, Christophe Roux



Caractérisation expérimentale de plasmas induits par impulsion laser en régime de double impulsion

Aurélien Favre, Vincent Morel, C. Grisolia, Arnaud Bultel


Journal International de Technologie, de l'Innovation, de la Physique, de l'Energie et de l'Environnement , Université Clermont Auvergne, 2019, ⟨10.18145/jitipee.v5i2.224⟩

Experimental characterization of double pulse laser- induced plasmas on Aluminum and Tungsten targets

Aurélien Favre, Vincent Morel, Christian Grisolia, Arnaud Bultel


EMSLIBS 2019, Sep 2019, Brno, Czech Republic. 2019

Formation of the Fe(II–III) hydroxysulphate green rust during marine corrosion of steel associated to molecular detection of dissimilatory sulphite-reductase

S. Pineau, R. Sabot, L. Quillet, M. Jeannin, Ch. Caplat, I. Dupont-Morral, Ph. Refait


Corrosion Science, Elsevier, 2008, 50 (4), pp.1099-1111. ⟨10.1016/j.corsci.2007.11.029⟩

Reconstruction of energy and angle distribution function of surface-emitted negative ions in hydrogen plasmas using mass spectrometry

D. Kogut, K. Achkasov, J. Dubois, R. Moussaoui, J.B. Faure, J Layet, A. Simonin, G. Cartry


Plasma Sources Science and Technology, IOP Publishing, 2017, 26 (4), pp.045006. ⟨10.1088/1361-6595/aa5d7b⟩

Pulsed DC bias for the study of negative-ion production on surfaces of insulating materials in low pressure hydrogen plasmas

K. Achkasov, R. Moussaoui, D. Kogut, E. Garabedian, J. Layet, A. Simonin, A. Gicquel, J. Achard, A. Boussadi, G. Cartry


Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2019, 125 (3), pp.033303. ⟨10.1063/1.5054607⟩

Full coverage infrared thermography diagnostic for WEST machine protection

X. Courtois, MH. Aumeunier, C. Balorin, J.B. Migozzi, M. Houry, K. Blanckaert, Y. Moudden, C. Pocheau, A. Saille, E. Hugot, M. Marcos, S. Vives


Fusion Engineering and Design, Elsevier, 2019, 146, pp.2015-2020. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2019.03.090⟩

Validation of equilibrium tools on the COMPASS tokamak

Jakub Urban, L. C. Appel, J. F. Artaud, Blaise Faugeras, Josef Havlicek, Michael Komm, Ivan Lupelli, Matěj Peterka


SOFT 2014, 2014, San Sebastian, Spain