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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

The WEST Thomson scattering system

Colledani G., Sabot R., Schiesko L., Fedorczak N., Carole M., Moureau G., Vives S., Bec A., Doceul L., Faïsse F., Bouchand C., Moudden Y.


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

Langmuir probe measurements in the WEST tokamak

J Gunn, S Antusch, T Batal, C Dechelle, M Dimitrova, F Fedorczak, B Guillermin, F Imbeaux, P Ivanova, A Klein, M Mitov, J Morales, M Rieth, B Santraine, C Watts, W Zhao


VEIT 2023 - 23rd international summer school on vacuum, electron and ion technologies, Sep 2023, Sozopol, Bulgaria

Coupling Fixed-Source Criticality or Criticality and Shielding Modes Within TRIPOLI-4® Monte Carlo Code

Odile Petit, Yannick Pénéliau, Yi-Kang Lee


Nuclear Science and Engineering, 2023, pp.1-10. ⟨10.1080/00295639.2023.2194209⟩

Gaining insight into E × B flow control in tokamaks

S Rienäcker, P. Hennequin, R Varennes, C Honoré, J Gunn


TTF2023 annual meeting - 27th Joint EU-US Transport Task Force Meeting, Sep 2023, Nancy, France.

Particle dynamics in a turbulent electric field

A. Guillevic, M. Lesur, X. Garbet, P. Diamond, G. Lo-Cascio, Y. Kosuga, E. Gravier, D. Mandal, A. Ghizzo, T. Réveillé


Physics of Plasmas, 2023, 30 (5), pp.052301. ⟨10.1063/5.0135918⟩

Use of virtual reality for optimizing the life cycle of a fusion component

D. Keller, L. Doceul, Fabien Ferlay, C. Louison, A. Pilia, K. Pavy, L. Chodorge, C. Andriot


Fusion Engineering and Design, 2015, 101, pp.186-191. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2015.07.019⟩

Kinetic plasma-wall interaction using immersed boundary conditions

Yann Munschy, Emily Bourne, Philippe Ghendrih, Guilhem Dif-Pradalier, Yanick Sarazin, Virginie Grandgirard, Peter Donnel


Kinetic plasma-sheath self-organization

Yann Munschy, Emily Bourne, Guilhem Dif-Pradalier, Peter Donnel, Philippe Ghendrih, Virginie Grandgirard, Yanick Sarazin


Capturing marginality in model reduction of turbulence

C Gillot, G Dif-Pradalier, Y Sarazin, C Bourdelle, A Navarro, Y Camenen, J Citrin, A Siena, X Garbet, Ph Ghendrih, V Grandgirard, P Manas, F Widmer


TTF 2023 annual meeting - 27th Joint EU-US Transport Task Force Meeting, Sep 2023, Nancy, France.

Nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations of boron density peaking: experimental comparisons and reduced transport model validation References

Manas P., Angioni C., Mcdermott R. M.


TTF 2023 annual meeting - 27th Joint EU-US Transport task Force Meeting, Sep 2023, Nancy, France.