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The Controlled Fusion Research Department (CFRD) located at the CEA (Atomic Energy Commission) centre in Cadarache, France, has been my host laboratory for this engineering placement. It is a research laboratory with a large-scale modern physics facility: the Tore Supra tokamak dedicated to the study of long discharges in fusion plasmas.
I initially intend to concentrate on introducing the CFRD, which now has a 300-strong workforce, and enumerate its numerous research activities.
I will then deal with the physics of magnetised plasmas in the tokamak configuration to give as clear an idea as possible what a privileged research system into a thermonuclear fusion reactor involves nowadays.
These essential background information will then enable me to describe the work with which I have been commissioned during these four months, namely to improve the diamagnetic measurements used to characterise the performance of the plasma in the Tore Supra tokamak.

Additional information

Authors: SEGUR D, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral paper given at: Mémoire de stage 2005 Organised by: CEA Caderache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR) Held at: CEA Caderache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR)
Availability: Available from Association EURATOM-CEA, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, CEA Cadarache, F-13108 St Paul-Lez-Durance, France Tel: (+33) 4 42 25 70 01; Fax: (+33) 4 42 25 64 21 E-mail:
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