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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

Tritiated Steel Micro-Particles: Computational Dosimetry and Prediction of Radiation-Induced DNA Damage for In Vitro Cell Culture Exposures

Alice Mentana, Yordenca Lamartinière, Thierry Orsière, Véronique Malard, Mickaël Payet, Danielle Slomberg, Isabella Guardamagna, Leonardo Lonati, Cristian Grisolia, Awadhesh Jha, Laurence Lebaron-Jacobs, Jerome Rose, Andrea Ottolenghi, Giorgio Baiocco


Radiation Research, 2022, ⟨10.1667/RADE-22-00043.1⟩

Numerical study of divertor detachment on TCV H-mode scenarios

H Yang, G Ciraolo, J Bucalossi, H Bufferand, O Février, D Galassi, S Henderson, F Bagnato, N Fedorczak, P Tamain, G Falchetto, N Rivals



Brain-specific Foxp1 deletion impairs neuronal development and causes autistic-like behaviour

C Bacon, M Schneider, C Le Magueresse, H Froehlich, C Sticht, C Gluch, H Monyer, G Rappold


Molecular Psychiatry, 2015, 20 (5), pp.632-639. ⟨10.1038/mp.2014.116⟩

Mechanical Analysis of Full-Scale Nb 3 Sn CICC Designs for Tokamaks

R. Riccioli, A. Torre, Damien Durville, M. Breschi, F. Lebon


IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 2022, 32 (6), pp.1-5. ⟨10.1109/TASC.2022.3156967⟩

Verification and accuracy check of simulations with PoPe and iPoPe

Thomas Cartier-Michaud, Philippe Ghendrih, Virginie Grandgirard, Eric Serre


Journal of Computational Physics, 2023, 474, pp.111759. ⟨10.1016/j.jcp.2022.111759⟩

Localized compressional self-heating in magnetic islands

Daniele Villa, Nicolas Dubuit, Olivier Agullo, Alexandre Poyé, Xavier Garbet, Andrei Smolyakov


Journal of Plasma Physics, In press

Developing high performance RF heating scenarios on the WEST tokamak

M. Goniche, V. Ostuni, C. Bourdelle, P. Maget, J.F. Artaud, J.M. Bernard, V. Bobkov, J. Bucalossi, F. Clairet, L. Colas, C. Desgranges, L. Delpech, P. Devynck, R. Dumont, A. Ekedahl, N. Fedorczak, J. Garcia, J. Gaspar, C. Gil, C. Guillemaut, J. Gunn, J. Hillairet, C. Klepper, C. Lau, E. Lerche, G. Lombard, P. Manas, E.H. Martin, D. Mazon, O. Meyer, J. Morales, Ph. Moreau, E. Nardon, R. Nouailletas, B. Pegourié, M. Peret, Y. Peysson, X. Regal-Mezin, R. Sabot, S. Shiraiwa, G. Urbanczyk, L. Vermare, D. Vezinet, G.M. Wallace


Nuclear Fusion, 2022, 62 (12), pp.126058. ⟨10.1088/1741-4326/ac9691⟩

On the interplay between interchange turbulence and sheared flows

M. Peret, N. Fedorczak, L. Vermare


Physics of Plasmas, 2022, 29 (7), pp.072306. ⟨10.1063/5.0086992⟩

Synergy of Turbulent Momentum Drive and Magnetic Braking

R. Varennes, X. Garbet, L. Vermare, Y. Sarazin, G. Dif-Pradalier, V. Grandgirard, P. Ghendrih, P. Donnel, M. Peret, K. Obrejan, E. Bourne


Physical Review Letters, 2022, 128 (25), pp.255002. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.128.255002⟩

Experimental Evidence of Intrinsic Current Generation by Turbulence in Stationary Tokamak Plasmas

Erzhong Li, X. L. Zou, L. Q. Xu, Y. Q. Chu, X. Feng, H. Lian, H. Q. Liu, A. D. Liu, M. K. Han, J. Q. Dong, H. H. Wang, J. W. Liu, Q. Zang, S. X. Wang, T. F. Zhou, Y. H. Huang, L. Q. Hu, C. Zhou, H. X. Qu, Y. Chen, S. Y. Lin, B. Zhang, J. P. Qian, J. S. Hu, G. S. Xu, J. L. Chen, K. Lu, F. K. Liu, Y. T. Song, J. G. Li, X. Z. Gong


Physical Review Letters, 2022, 128 (8), pp.085003. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.128.085003⟩