17-21 July 2017
Santiago de Compostela, Facultade de Química
Europe/Madrid timezone

Highlights of the ISOLDE Facility and the HIE-ISOLDE project

17 Jul 2017, 15:00
Aula Química Física (Facultade de Química (USC))

Aula Química Física

Facultade de Química (USC)

Oral parallel contribution Nuclear Physics Nuclear Physics I


Prof. Maria J. G. Borge (Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, CSIC)


The ISOLDE Radioactive Beam Facility is the CERN experiment for the production and acceleration of radioactive nuclei. It is dedicated to the production, study and research of nuclei far from stability. Exotic nuclei of most chemical elements are available for the study of nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental symmetries and atomic physics, as well as for applications in condensed-matter and life sciences. Since more than 15 years it offers the largest variety of post-accelerated radioactive beams in the world today. In order to broaden the scientific opportunities beyond the reach of the present facility, the on-going HIE-ISOLDE (High Intensity and Energy) project will provide major improvements in energy range, beam intensity and beam quality. The first stage has boosted the beam energy of the current REX LINAC to 5.5 MeV/u where the Coulomb excitation cross sections are strongly increased with respect to the previous 3 MeV/u and many transfer reaction channels become available. The second stage of the energy upgrade is being implemented; most of the infrastructure was installed in the winter of 2017, and it will be completed for the start of 2018, allowing energies of the beam up to 10 MeV/u. In this contribution, recent highlights of the ISOLDE facility will be discussed and the HIE-ISOLDE project will be described together with a panorama of the physics cases addressed and a few examples of experiments already realized.

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Prof. Maria J. G. Borge (Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, CSIC)

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