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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

Modelling of tungsten contamination and screening in WEST plasma discharges

S. DI GENOVA, A. Gallo, N. Fedorczak, H. Yang, G. Ciraolo, J. Romazanov, Y. Marandet, H. Bufferand, C. Guillemaut, J.P. Gunn, C. Gil, E. Serre, S. Brezinsek


Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2021, 61 (10), pp.106019. ⟨10.1088/1741-4326/ac2026⟩

Progress in edge plasma turbulence modelling hierarchy of models from 2D transport application to 3D fluid simulations in realistic tokamak geometry

H. Bufferand, J. Bucalossi, G. Ciraolo, G. Falchetto, A. Gallo, Ph. Ghendrih, N. Rivals, P. Tamain, H. Yang, G. Giorgiani, F. Schwander, M. Scotto d’Abusco, E. Serre, Y. Marandet, M. Raghunathan


Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2021, 61 (11), pp.116052. ⟨10.1088/1741-4326/ac2873⟩

Alternative solutions to caesium in negative-ion sources: a study of negative-ion surface production on diamond in H 2 /D 2 plasmas

Gilles Cartry, Dmitry Kogut, Kostiantyn Achkasov, Jean-Marc Layet, Thomas Farley, Alix Gicquel, Jocelyn Achard, Ovidiu Brinza, Thomas Bieber, Hocine Khemliche, Philippe Roncin, Alain Simonin


New Journal of Physics, Institute of Physics: Open Access Journals, 2017, 19 (2), pp.025010. ⟨10.1088/1367-2630/aa5f1f⟩

Thermal quench and current profile relaxation dynamics in massive-material-injection-triggered tokamak disruptions

E Nardon, D Hu, F Artola, D Bonfiglio, M Hoelzl, A Boboc, P Carvalho, S Gerasimov, G Huijsmans, V Mitterauer, N Schwarz, H Sun


Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2021, ⟨10.1088/1361-6587/ac234b⟩

Grain growth and damages induced by transient heat loads on W

M Minissale, A Durif, G Kermouche, M Richou, L Gallais


Physica Scripta, IOP Publishing, 2021, ⟨10.1088/1402-4896/ac27df⟩

Divertor power loads and scrape off layer width in the large aspect ratio full tungsten tokamak WEST

J. Gaspar, Yann Corre, Nicolas Fedorczak, J.P. Gunn, Clarisse Bourdelle, S. Brezinsek, Jérôme Bucalossi, Nicolas Chanet, R. Dejarnac, M. Firdaouss, Jean-Laurent Gardarein, Guillaume Laffont, Thierry Loarer, C. Pocheau, Emmanuelle Tsitrone


Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2021, 61 (9), pp.096027. ⟨10.1088/1741-4326/ac1803⟩

Parametric study of hydrogenic inventory in the ITER divertor based on machine learning

Rémi Delaporte-Mathurin, Etienne Hodille, Jonathan Mougenot, Gregory De Temmerman, Y. Charles, Christian Grisolia


Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2020, 10 (1), ⟨10.1038/s41598-020-74844-w⟩

Influence of exposure conditions on helium transport and bubble growth in tungsten

Rémi Delaporte-Mathurin, Mykola Ialovega, Etienne Hodille, Jonathan Mougenot, Y. Charles, Elodie Bernard, Céline Martin, Christian Grisolia


Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2021, 11 (1), ⟨10.1038/s41598-021-93542-9⟩

Permeation and trapping of hydrogen in Eurofer97

F. Montupet-Leblond, L. Corso, M. Payet, R. Delaporte-Mathurin, E. Bernard, Y. Charles, J. Mougenot, S. Vartanian, E.A. Hodille, C. Grisolia


Nuclear Materials and Energy, Elsevier, 2021, 29, pp.101062. ⟨10.1016/j.nme.2021.101062⟩

Physics model development and extensive validation of predictive integrated modelling within the new EU framework programme 2021-2027 (TSVV11 activity)

Clarisse Bourdelle, Clemente Angioni, Jean-Francois Artaud, Yann Camenen, Francis J. Casson, Jonathan Citrin, E. FABLE, F. FELICI, A. HO, F. KOCHL, Patrick Maget, Pierre Manas, JORGE MORALES, OLIVIER SAUTER, J. SIMPSON, G. TARDINI, K. VanDePlassche


25th Joint EU-US TTF Meeting - EU-US Transport Task Force, Sep 2021, E-Conference, United Kingdom