December 2014

Turbulence is a major issue in tokamaks, in particular as it drives energy from the core of the plasma to the edge of the plasma. This undesired energy transport is one of the elements which account for the difficulty of maintaining fusion-favourable conditions in the heart of tokamaks.

November 2014

A Broader Approach & JT60SA Press conference was held in Saclay on 14th November 2014. Thanks to this event, different aspects were highlighted: The different projects undertaken in Japan in support of ITER and an update on their actual status.
The coupling of the system code SYCOMORE developed by the IRFM with the URANIE platform of the DEN has achieved a design optimization of the future fusion reactor DEMO using a genetic algorithm.

September 2014

The ITER Organization and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) have entered into a five-year collaboration to operate a new facility that will test the assembly of the ITER magnet components.   The ITER superconducting magnets form the core of the machine.

June 2014

The TOKAM3X 3D edge fluid turbulence code has produced its first simulations in quasi-stationary turbulence regime. First results demonstrate the importance of 3D effects in explaining the development of experimentally observed poloidal asymmetries.
The design of the new ITER-relevant X-ray spectrometer has recently been completed with the financial support of the PACA region. This new diagnostic will measure the ion and electron temperatures, heavy impurity density and plasma rotation.

April 2014

Particle transport is a key issue in magnetized fusion plasmas. Understanding its physics mechanism is essential for predicting the fusion performance in ITER and for the design of future fusion reactors.