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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

Infra-red thermography estimate of deposited heat load dynamics on the lower tungsten divertor of WEST

N Fedorczak, J Gaspar, M Firdaouss, V Moncada, A Grosjean, R Dejarnac, S Brezinsek, E Tsitrone, J Bucalossi, T Loarer


Physica Scripta, IOP Publishing, 2020, T171, pp.014046. ⟨10.1088/1402-4896/ab4e3d⟩

Dynamics of Magnetic Islands driven by Ballooning Turbulence

N. Dubuit, O. Agullo, M. Muraglia, J. Frank, X. Garbet, P. Maget

Physics of Plasmas, American Institute of Physics, 2021, 28 (2), pp.022308. ⟨10.1063/5.0021391⟩

Heat flux deposition on plasma-facing components using a convective model with ripple and Shafranov shift

R. Mitteau, A. Moal, J. Schlosser, D. Guilhem


Journal of Nuclear Materials, Elsevier, 1999, 266-269, pp.798-803. ⟨10.1016/S0022-3115(98)00843-5⟩

First analysis of the misaligned leading edges of ITER-like Plasma Facing Units using a very high resolution infrared camera in WEST

A Grosjean, Y Corre, R Dejarnac, J Gaspar, J Gunn, S Carpentier-Chouchana, E Delmas, X. Courtois, G De Temmerman, M Diez, L Dubus, A Durocher, F Escourbiac, M Firdaouss, J Gerardin, M Houry, R Pitts, C Pocheau, E Tsitrone


Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2020

Sliding mode stabilization of the current profile in Tokamak plasmas

Oumar Gaye, Emmanuel Moulay, Sylvain Brémond, Laurent Autrique, Rémy Nouailletas, Yuri Orlov


50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2011, Oralndo, United States. pp.2638-2643, ⟨10.1109/CDC.2011.6160442⟩

Impact of three-dimensional magnetic perturbations on turbulence in tokamak edge plasmas

B Luce, P Tamain, G Ciraolo, Ph Ghendrih, G Giorgiani, E Serre



Assessment of a bolted-flange connection for ITER Test Blanket Module

Tony ZAOUTER, Karl Vulliez, Benjamin MICHEL, Stéphane GAZZOTTI, Jean-Pierre Friconneau, Jean-Pierre MARTINS


Fusion Engineering and Design, Elsevier, 2021, 165, pp.112247. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2021.112247⟩

SHS synthesis, SPS densification and mechanical properties of nanometric tungsten

Sarah Dine, Elodie Bernard, Nathalie Herlin, Christian Grisolia, David Tingaud, Dominique Vrel


Metals, MDPI, 2021, 11, pp.252. ⟨10.3390/met11020252⟩

Influence of interface conditions on hydrogen transport studies

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


Nuclear Fusion, IOP Publishing, 2021, 61, pp.036038. ⟨10.1088/1741-4326/abd95f⟩

Magnetic Confinement Fusion - Plasma Theory: Heating and Current Drive

Rémi Dumont


Encyclopedia of Nuclear Energy, Elsevier, In press, 9780128197257