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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

Development of a neutron logging tool for uranium ore exploration and exploitation.

Valentin Fondement


Physique [physics]. Université Grenoble Alpes [2020-..], 2023. Français. ⟨NNT : 2023GRALY076⟩

Bioaccumulation and biological effects of hydrogenated cement particles in the marine bivalve, Mytilus galloprovincialis

María Florencia Ferreira, Andrew Turner, Mickaël Payet, Christian Grisolia, Veronique Malard, Michael Moore, Awadhesh Jha


Chemosphere, 2024, 359, pp.142243. ⟨10.1016/j.chemosphere.2024.142243⟩

Electrondensity profiles measurements by micro wave reflectometry in front of a lower hybrid plasma heating system

Antoine Jamann, Christine Bottereau, Frédéric Clairet, Christian Jammes


Ondes au service des plasmas, Plasmas au service des ondes, Mar 2024, Paris, Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, France.

Inverse problem for determining free parameters of a reduced turbulent transport model for tokamak plasma

Louis Lamérand, Didier Auroux, Philippe Ghendrih, Francesca Rapetti, Eric Serre


Advances in Computational Mathematics, 2024, 50 (3), pp.39. ⟨10.1007/s10444-024-10135-6⟩

Modeling impurity sources, transport and screening in edge tokamak plasmas: comparison with WEST experiments and application to ITER scenarios

Ciraolo G., Bufferand H., Fedorczak N., Rivals N., Galazka K., Genova S. Di, Serre E., Romazanov J., Harting D., Rode S., Knieps A., Brezinsek S., Marandet Y., Raghunathan M., Gravier E., Cascio G. Lo, Albert C., Eder M., Lainer P., Kumpulainen H., Groth M.


29th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2023), Oct 2023, Londres, United Kingdom

Systematic analysis of turbulence : component extraction of the density fluctuations and study of their dynamics for different regimes

Roland Sabot, Luigui Salazar, Morales J., Stéphane Heuraux, Alberto Gallo, Clarisse Bourdelle, Guilhem Dif-Pradalier, Philippe Moreau, Xavier Garbet, A. Krämer-Flecken


29th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2023), Oct 2023, Londres, United Kingdom

Modelling of Runaway Electron Dynamics in Tokamak Disruptions

Nardon E., Artola F.J., Bandaru V., Bergström H., Decker J., Ekmark I., Fülöp T., Halldestam P., Hoelzl M., Hoppe M., Hu D., Järvinen A., Lehnen M., Olasz S., Papp G., Peysson Y., Pokol G.I., Pusztai I., Reux C., Särkimäki K., Saura R., Sommariva C., Vallhagen O., Wang C.


29th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2023), Oct 2023, Londres, United Kingdom

Overview of alpha particule and fast ion studies in JET DTE2 plasmas

Jeronimo GARCIA, R Dumont, Y Kazakov, D Keeling, M Fitzgerald, P Mantica, M Nocente, S Sharapov, D Zarzoso, P Bonofiglo, R Coelho, M Dreval, V Kiptily, E de la Luna, S Mazzi, J Ongena, M Podesta, Z Stancar, R Tinguely, J Varela, C Maggi, J Mailloux


29th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2023), Oct 2023, Londres, United Kingdom

WEST tungsten contamination issues and proposed solutions in support to ITER

J Morales, N Fedorczak, C Bourdelle, C Markovitch, V Ostuni, A Da, J.-F Artaud, P Manas, P Maget, R Dumont, H Ancher, L Dubus, M Doménès, A Ekedahl, L Fleury, A Gallo, J Gaspar, C Gil, C Guillemaut, J Gunn, J Hillairet, F Imbeaux, P Maini, D Moiraf, V Moncada, Ph Moreau


65th Annual Meeting of the APS Plasma Division, Oct 2023, Denver (Colorado), United States

Numerical modeling of the impact of geometry and wall components on transport in the tokamak edge

Eric Serre, Hugo Bufferand, A. Paredes, Frédéric Schwander, Guido Ciraolo, Philippe Ghendrih, Patrick Tamain


Contributions to Plasma Physics, 2012, 52 (5-6), pp.401-405. ⟨10.1002/ctpp.201210023⟩