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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

Investigating the effect of tungsten initial microstructure on restoration kinetics using a mean field model

Maxime Lemetais, Alan Durif, David Piot, Matthieu Lenci, Marianne Richou, Guillaume Kermouche


Fusion Engineering and Design, 2023, 194, pp.113708. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113708⟩

Temperature gradient based annealing methodology for tungsten recrystallization kinetics assessment,Fusion Engineering and Design

Maxime Lemetais, Matthieu Lenci, Claire Maurice, Timothée Devictor, Alan Durif, Marco Minissale, Marilyne Mondon, Gerald Pintsuk, David Piot, Laurent Gallais, Marianne Richou, Guillaume Kermouche


Fusion Engineering and Design, 2023, 193, pp.113785. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113785⟩

Monte-Carlo simulations of electrostatic self-charging of tritiated tungsten and beryllium particles

Grégoire Dougniaux, Mamadou Sow, Samuel Peillon, Christian Grisolia, Francois Gensdarmes


Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 2019, 1322 (1), pp.012027. ⟨10.1088/1742-6596/1322/1/012027⟩

Production of aerosol representative of dismantling operation to carry out toxicological studies

M Payet, Francois Gensdarmes, V Malard, C Grisolia


Congrès Français sur les Aérosols, ASFERA, Jan 2019, Paris, France. ⟨10.25576/ASFERA-CFA2019-16666⟩

Detection of Thermal Events by Semi-Supervised Learning for Tokamak First Wall Safety

Christian Staron, Hervé Le Borgne, Raphaël Mitteau, Nicolas Allezard, Erwan Grelier



Avis de l'Anses relatif à la pertinence de la ré-évaluation des risques sanitaires liés à la présence d'ions perchlorate dans les eaux destinées à la consommation humaine à la lumière des travaux de l'US EPA publiés le 23 mai 2019

Nicolas Chevalier, Laurent Bodin, Céline Brochot, Jean Baptiste Fini, Robert Garnier, Michel Laurentie, Sakina Mhaouty-Kodja, Marion Mortamais, Isabelle Oliver Petit, Jean-Louis Wémeau, Karine Angeli, Nicolas Farion


Saisine n° 2019-SA-0116, 2021, 82 p

Verification and validation by eXtended reality simulations of Test Blanket Modules replacement operations in Air-Fed suits

Stéphane Gazzotti, Vincent Weistroffer, Killian Huc, Christine Mégard, Chiara Di Paolo, Paul Viudes, Fabien Ferlay, Claude Andriot, Jean-Pierre Friconneau, Jean-Pierre Martins


Fusion Engineering and Design, 2023, 187, pp.113383. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2022.113383⟩

Digital assistances in remote operations for ITER test blanket system replacement: An experimental validation

Olivier David, Soumik Sarkar, Nolwenn Kammerer, Coline Nantermoz, Fabrice Mayran de Chamisso, Boris Meden, Jean-Pierre Friconneau, Jean-Pierre Martins


Fusion Engineering and Design, 2023, 188, pp.113425. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113425⟩

Surface heat flux estimation with embedded thermocouples and Fiber Bragg Grating sensor in ITER-like plasma facing components

Y. Anquetin, J. Gaspar, Y. Corre, Q. Tichit, J. L. Gardarein, G. Laffont, M. Missirlian, C. Pocheau


Fusion Engineering and Design, 2023, 190, pp.113480. ⟨10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113480⟩

Multipactor-triggering powers’ modelling of a WEST ICRH antenna during RF conditioning

Eva Al Hajj Sleiman, Julien Hillairet, Mohamed Belhaj


IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, In press, ⟨10.1109/TPS.2023.326829⟩