Creation of an Associated Lab in the field of fusion between CAS and CEA

An associated laboratory (AL) in fusion field between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA, France) is established on July 3, 2013, to develop and strengthen the cooperation on long pulse tokamak operation, focusing on EAST and WEST.

The agreement of the creation of AL was signed by Prof Jiangang LI, director of Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP) and Dr Gabriele FIONI, Director of the Physics Science Division, CEA, in the French Embassy at Beijing. French nuclear counselor Pierre-Yves CORDIER hosted the signing ceremony, with Dr Andre GROSMAN, deputy head of the Institute for Magnetic Fusion Research (CEA/DSM/IRFM), counselor Assistant Mr Shunming DING, et al as witnesses.

According to the agreement, the two parties create an associated laboratory of non-legal entity in order to develop cooperation on long pulse tokamaks: WEST (W Environment for Steady-state Tokamak) of CEA and EAST of ASIPP, particularly in the fields of actively cooled metallic plasma facing components; long duration plasma operation in actively cooled metallic environment, long pulse heating and current drive, ITER technology support and preparing ITER generation in the above mentioned areas.

Dr Xavier LITAUDON and Dr Yuntao SONG are appointed as the AL co-Directors. They will be responsible for leading and coordinating the performance of the projects under the AL agreement.

"I am enthusiastic about CAS/ASIPP-CEA collaboration," said Prof Li, "the cooperation between EAST and WEST will be good for all fusion communities".

As a first move, ASIPP has already sent two young researchers to IRFM to work one year on WEST component design and engineering. (Shaohua reports)

Prof LI & Dr Gabriele FIONI

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