Recent highlights from ISOLDE@CERN
PH Department, CERN, CH-1211, Geneva, Switzerland
* e-mail: Luis.Fraile@cern.ch;
Accepted: 18 February 2005
Published online: 2 May 2005
The ISOLDE online mass separator located at CERN provides a large variety of radioactive ion beams for research on nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, atomic physics, radiochemistry, nuclear medicine, condensed matter science, life sciences and others. The recently operational REX-ISOLDE post-accelerator is capable of accelerating the isotopes produced at ISOLDE to energies of up to 3.0MeV/u by using an ion trap and charge breeder and a compact linear accelerator structure. The post-accelerator is complemented by a highly segmented Ge array in conjunction with a compact silicon strip detector at one of the secondary target positions, while a general spectroscopy setup occupies a second station. REX-ISOLDE has opened up the possibility of nuclear spectroscopy studies by means of transfer reactions and Coulomb excitation of exotic nuclei. The facility maintains an extensive physics-driven target and ion source development program, which has helped ISOLDE keep its international status for more than 35 years. Some recent experimental highlights and technical developments are discussed.
PACS: 25.40.-h Nucleon-induced reactions – / 28.60.+s Isotope separation and enrichment – / 29.25.Rm Sources of radioactive nuclei –
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