Posted on: 5th December 2016
The institute for Magnetic Fusion Research (Institut de Recherche sur la Fusion par confinement Magnétique, IRFM), one of CEA’s (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives) basic research divisions, has been carrying out research on thermonuclear magnetic fusion in
association with the European fusion programme for more than 50 years.
• Located at the CEA research Centre of Cadarache in the department of the Bouches-du-Rhône
• Was home to the Tore Supra programme, which has evolved into WEST (W – Tungsten Environment Steady-state Tokamak) in order to test the ITER divertor.
• Employs more than 350 people including CEA scientists, PhD and post-doc students, and French and international collaborators
• Involved in the French fusion network (FR-FCM) with more than 40 labs
The IRFM activities are structured around three core areas:
• Contribution towards ITER project implementation and the “Broader Approach”
• Preparation for scientific operation of ITER, both theoretical and experimental aspects
• Establishment of the basis for future fusion reactors