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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 is an institute of CEA, the French Alternatives Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. Located in the CEA Cadarache Centre, with ITER next door, the 200+ physicists, engineers and technicians of the Institute carry 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

Impurity transport in collisionless trapped-particle-driven turbulence

Maxime Lesur, Etienne Gravier, Kyungtak Lim, Chabha Djerroud, Malik Idouakass, Xavier Garbet


28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, May 2021, Nice, France

Transport and zonal flows dynamics in flux-driven interchange & drift waves turbulence

Olivier Panico, Yanick Sarazin, Pascale Hennequin, Özgür Gürcan


49th European Conference on Plasma Physics, Jul 2023, Bordeaux, France

Calibration methods and uncertainties estimation of WEST infrared thermography diagnostics

X. Courtois, Mh. Aumeunier, L. Dubus, J. Gaspar, M. Houry, R. Mitteau


Fusion Engineering and Design, 2023, 190, pp.113506. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113506⟩

On the polytropic coefficient of negative ions for modeling the sheath and presheath of electronegative plasmas

L. Schiesko, St. Lishev, A. Revel, E. Carbone, T. Minea


Journal of Applied Physics, 2023, 134 (7), pp.073301. ⟨10.1063/5.0156669⟩

Ion-acoustic waves in weakly ionized plasmas with charge-exchange collisions

Abdulrahman Alharbi, L. Schiesko, T. Minea


Scientific Reports, 2023, 13, pp.14121. ⟨10.1038/s41598-023-39780-5⟩

Determination of Operating Margins Related to Multipactor Phenomena for Radio-Frequency Components of Magnetically Confined Controlled Nuclear Fusion Applications

Eva Al Hajj Sleiman


Physics [physics]. Université Aix-Marseille (AMU), 2023. English. ⟨NNT : 2023AIXM0329⟩

Helicon volume production of H$^−$ and D$^−$ using a resonant birdcage antenna on RAID

Ivo Furno, Riccardo Agnello, Alan Howling, Philippe Guittienne, Remy Jacquier, Christine Stollberg, Marcelo Baquero, Lyes Kadi, Claudio Marini, Jia Han, Stéphane Béchu, Gwenael Fubiani, Alain Simonin, Francesco Taccogna


Physics and Applications of Hydrogen Negative Ion Sources, 124, Springer International Publishing, pp.217-249, 2023, Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics, 978-3-031-21475-2. ⟨10.1007/978-3-031-21476-9_9⟩

A Twin synthetic diagnostic for the design and exploitation of WEST High-Resolution Thomson Scattering diagnostic

Carole M., Bouchand Ch., Colledani G., Fedorczak N., Moudden Y., Moureau G., Sabot R., Schiesko L., Bilkova P., Bohm P., Sös M., Diallo A., Scannell R.


LAPD20 - 20th International Symposium on Laser-Aided Plasma Diagnostics, Sep 2023, Kyoto, Japan

Multipactor predictions for ion cyclotron resonance heating antennas of the tokamak WEST

Eva Al Hajj Sleiman, Julien Hillairet, Mohamed Belhaj, Sarah Dadouch, Vincent Maquet


Nuclear Fusion, 2023, 63 (12), pp.126054. ⟨10.1088/1741-4326/ad0509⟩

2D Tritium retention prediction in the ITER/DEMO actively cooled divertor in the presence of neutron induced defects

Etienne Hodille, James Dark, Rémi Delaporte-Mathurin, Christian Grisolia, Y. Charles, Jonathan Mougenot


15th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology (ISFNT-15), Sep 2023, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.