The fibered LIBS (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) technique was tested for the first time in the vacuum chamber of a fusion machine by the CEA and CORIA (Complexe de Recherche Interprofessionnel en Aérothermochimie, Rouen) teams.
A high-power mock-up of an Ion Cyclotron Resonance Heating Travelling Wave Array antenna has been validated in the CEA/IRFM TITAN Testbed. Up to 2 MW/3s (Max Generator RF power) and 500kW/60s were achieved at 55.5 MHz.
Scientists at IRFM are studying the issue of Tungsten atom transport. This material that covers the walls of the tokamak vacuum chamber should not contaminate the plasma.
CEA has successfully passed the Preliminary Design Review of the port plug part of the equatorial ITER Wide Angle Viewing System.
This year, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the "Theory Festival", organized since 2001 every other year in Aix-en-Provence. This international scientific event was created under the leadership of Jean Jacquinot, current scientific advisor to the ITER Director General Bernard Bigot.
Remote participation to fusion experiments will be used in the next years by scientists all over the world. On November 28th, for the first time, the Remote Experimentation Center (REC) in Rokkasho (Japan) took control of the WEST IRFM tokamak in Cadarache, located 9486 km away.
For the first time, the tritium/hydrogen isotopic ratio of a gas has been measured in a glove box, in the Tritium Labelling Laboratory (LMT) at CEA Saclay.
A new infrared thermography system has been installed in the WEST tokamak to observe the thermal scene of the first wall and components in a wide-angle tangential view of the poloidal cross-section. 
The CEA inaugurated the WEST tokamak on April 6, 2018 in the presence of national and local elected officials, and institutional investors who funded it.
On the 18th of December 2017 current was raised in the divertor coils and the very first X-point plasma was obtained in the WEST tokamak.
On December 12, 2017, the last JT-60SA toroidal field coil came out of the General Electric workshops (formerly Alstom) in Belfort.
The French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA) and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China (MOST) signed on November 23 and 24, 2017 in Beijing the creation of the Franco-Chinese Center on Energy Fusion (SIFFER, SIno-French Fusion Energy centeR).
The first large component of the ITER project's magnetic system has arrived at the Institute for Magnetic Fusion Research (IRFM), ready to be tested. This event is worthy of the limelight.
A new Infrared diagnostic has been developed by IRFM to study heat loads on the W monoblocs of the Divertor plasma facing units (PFU) with a very high spatial resolution @ 100µm.
The “René Pellat Memorial Festival Prize" aims to distinguish a young researcher for his/her significant work in plasma physics developed during the Festival de Théorie. Miss CHE received on July 6 this new price set up in 2017 from a CEA initiative.
The equatorial visible/infrared Wide Angle Viewing System (WAVS) is developped by CEA in a consortium with Ciemat (E) and Bertin Technologies (F).
IRFM designed, manufactured and qualified some mock-ups for DEMO divertor developped in a EUROfusion project. These components use an innovative material which resisted up to 25 MW/m2 heat fluxes.
A first plasma illuminated WEST vacuum  vessel on December 14, 2016 at 18:03.
TINT, Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology, represented by its Executive Director Nisamaneephong Pornthep and CEA / DRF represented by Maria Faury signed a collaboration agreement in the field of Magnetic Fusion Research.
A crucial milestone was reached with the completion of the divertor coil windings in August 2016, after 6 months of hard work in a restricted space.  
On July 26th, 2016, the Japanese Institute QST (Quantum & Radiological  Science and Technology) organized in Naka (Ibaraki) a ceremony in honour of “constant progress of French contribution to the JT-60SA project”.
The 2 power supplies for the WEST divertor coils provided by SWIP arrived from China in July.
The five Power Supplies built in Spain under CEA responsibility have been delivered to Japan for the JT-60SA tokamak.
The two first full-scale PFU (Plasma-Facing Unit) prototypes for the WEST divertor were delivered at IRFM on May 26th, 2016.
The René Pellat prize, named after the great scientist who was once chairman for CNRS (French Scientific Research Council) and High Commissioner for CEA (French Agency for Atomic Energy), is awarded annually by the Plasma division of the French Physical Society.
A complex system of Langmuir probes was designed and manufactured for the WEST divertor for local measurement of plasma flux to target.
A complex system of Langmuir probes was designed and manufactured for the WEST divertor for local measurement of plasma flux to target.
The two stainless steel rings constituting the housing for the conductor winding are now assembled and positioned inside the vacuum vessel at their nominal position.