Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives EuHIT Partner Institution


CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives) is a public research organisation with more than 16,000 researchers, engineers and other employees. Its mission is to develop know-how and assure the technological transfer in a large variety of civil and defence industrial applications such as in the areas of nuclear energy, biotechnology, environmental protection, microelectronics, optoelectronics and many others. CEA is also committed to fundamental research in diverse fields such as particle and nuclear physics, astrophysics, molecular and cellular biology, climatology, radiation-matter interaction, and condensed matter physics and turbulence. This fundamental research is mainly performed in the Physical Sciences Division (DSM), which the two laboratories (CEA-SBT and CEA-SPEC) involved in this project belong to.

CEA-SBT Grenoble, Institut Nanosciences et Cryogénie - Service des Basses Température (CEA-a)

CEA-SBT with 70 people is part of the Institute for Nanoscience and Cryogenics (INAC) in Grenoble. It is a well-recognized laboratory of cryogenic engineering, involved in major national and international cryogenic projects such as LHC at CERN, ITER in Cadarache, LMJ in Bordeaux (F), in the Herschel satellite launched 2009, etc., and is also involved in basic research using cryogenic fluids.

Main tasks in EuHIT: The CEA-SBT provides trans-national access to two facilities: the Superfluid Helium Jet facility (Hejet) and the Superfluid Helium Von Karman facility (SHREK). CEA-SBT also contributes to the development of cryogenic sensors with Institut Neel and ENS
Lyon, taking benefit of the advanced infrastructure available at CEA-Grenoble for microfabrication.

CEA-SPEC Saclay, Institut Rayonnement Matière de Saclay - Service de l’Etat Condensé (CEA-b)

CEA-SPEC with 120 people is part of the Saclay Institute of Matter and Radiation (IRAMIS) in Saclay. Its research interests encompass a wide variety of subject matters ranging from nanoscale objects to out-of-equilibrium and complex systems, including turbulence.

Main tasks in EuHIT: The CEA-b shall study an innovative fractal propeller for generating high-Reynolds-number von Karman flow. This experiment shall be implemented later in the TNA GHI.