The IRFM belongs to the CEA Physical Science Division and is located in the CEA Cadarache Center, in the south of France. More than 300 people carry out  research in order to produce a new  source of energy: the magnetic confinement fusion.

The IRFM activities are structured around three main areas:

  • Contribute to the implementation of the ITER project and those of the “Broader Approach”,
  • Prepare the scientific operation of ITER, through control and experimentation activities, and through theory and modeling,
  • Establish the basis for future fusion reactor.
Those activities are closely linked to a special effort in education for the new physicist and engineers in fusion sciences.

The IRFM is equipped with several R&D platforms, the best known is the Tore Supra tokamak which is becoming WEST (W – tungsten Environment Steady-state Tokamak) to test the ITER divertor.