Fundamental Research Division
The DRF at the CEA assemble approximately 6,000 scientists since January 2016.
DRF takes part in the deciphering of the laws governing the universe by trying to answer the most fundamental questions. What are the constituents of matter? How is nuclear matter organized? What is the energy content of the universe? How is it structured?
Closer to our homeworld, it also studies condensed matter. The complexity of its physics unveils surprising, even exotic properties such as superconductivity.Another aspect of matter is nanoscience. It calls on a great variety of fields: electronics, photonics, magnetism, chemistry and biology.
Finally, DRF is of course well aware of the extensive topic revolving around interactions between matter and any type of radiation (synchrotron radiation, accelerated electrons and heavy ions, laser radiation, and others). This is particularly true for ultra-intense lasers, for the study of which DRF join forces with its partners from the Université Paris-Saclay on its site of l'Orme des merisiers, in St-Aubin (France).
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.