CEA - Institute for Magnetic Fusion Research (CEA-IRFM)
The institute operates the WEST tokamak with its national and international partners to prepare for future experiments on ITER. The key features of WEST include unique long pulse capabilities, high level of additional power and the unique experience of operation with actively cooled components. In addition, WEST is equipped with an actively cooled tungsten ITER like divertor. With WEST, the IRFM is particularly interested in the management of heat and particle flows in tokamaks producing “continuous” plasmas. This line of research covers all scientific and technical aspects: from theory, simulation and experimentation to the operation of the tokamak, including the diagnostics required for the study, the associated technologies and their integration. In parallel, the CEA-IRFM is conducting activities in the field of modelling and numerical simulation of plasmas, and projects to produce components for ITER.
Located at the CEA Research Centre of Cadarache, IRFM employs around 300 people including 200 CEA scientists (physicists, engineers and technicians), 30 PhD and post-doc students, and French and international collaborators.
Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation in different areas like low carbon energies (nuclear and renewable energies), fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences, etc. The IRFM is one of its Institutes and is carrying out research on magnetic fusion.
The CEA gathers around 20,000 employees on 10 different sites.