Fundamental Research Division
The DRF at the CEA assemble approximately 6,000 scientists since January 2016.
Researchers at CEA-BIG and IBS have developed inhibitors of a protein involved in the virulence of Gram-negative bacteria and have deciphered their mode of operation.
By combining two NMR techniques, researchers from IBS track certain furtive, yet essential states of a protein's functioning. A first application has already been found in joint and bone pathology.
Scientists from IRFU have made the unexpected discovery that a majority of stars from the same cluster spin around aligned axes. This extraordinary discovery from observation of fifty stars in our galaxy calls to revise the initial conditions commonly adopted in star formation models.
A team including researchers from IRAMIS was able to elucidate a singularity of long chain polymers in the vicinity of glass transition. This question of basic research was solved thanks to neutron scattering in particular, and may find applications in the shaping of plastics by melting and molding.
A team from the CEA François-Jacob Institute has demonstrated the preclinical efficacy of three vaccine candidates against chikungunya.
Scientists from IBS and their partners have understood one of the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use for survival when facing our immune defenses.
The electronics developed by IRFU now equips the four oldest gamma-ray telescopes of HESS (High Energy Stereoscopic System) in Namibia. Making it possible to optimize the simultaneous operation of all five HESS telescopes, and confirming the technical choices for its successor CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array).
The European X-ray Free Electron Laser has reached one of its final major milestones. The cryomodules used to accelerate the electrons, supplied by IRFU, were installed on-site in Hamburg, Germany. A first electron beam was accelerated across the section of the first 17 cryomodules.
A new laser technique developed by a collaboration involving GANIL has allowed for the first study of the structure of different isotopes of actinium. Resonant ionization spectroscopy in a gas will allow for the study of very heavy radioactive nuclei produced in small quantities by SPIRAL2 (one nucleus every ten seconds).
In collaboration with the University Hospital of Île-de-France (AP-HP), two teams from the CEA François-Jacob Institute were able to jointly develop a model for studying male infertility through research that was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.