Posted on: 5th December 2016


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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.

IRFM Facts
• 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