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A second EQUIPEX for GANIL - 21 December 2011

A second EQUIPEX for GANIL

After S3 (next-generation spectrometer for physics with SPIRAL2) earlier this year, the equipment of Excellence DESIR (experimental room for physics at low energy with SPIRAL2) coordinated by GANIL, was selected among 270 projects by the National Agency of Research (ANR), led by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
Its implementation (July 2012 - June 2015) and the first years of its operation (July 2015 - December 2019) will be financed by resources reserved for facilities of Excellence (EQUIPEX). The amount allocated is € 9 million.

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Science Day - 16 November 2009

Science Day

In line with an annual tradition, GANIL will participate in the French Science Day events, and will present its activities at Caen's Science Village.

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Symposium 2009 - 06 September 2009

Symposium 2009

The 16th "GANIL Symposium" (Colloque GANIL) will take place from the 6th to the 11th September 2009 in Giens (France).

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Probing the nucleus by peeling it - 22 May 2009



To improve interpretation of experimental results using atomic nuclei, two researchers working at GANIL and IPN-Orsay have developed a model, which enables "real time" monitoring of the nuclear breakups produced by a particle accelerator.

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Understanding stellar explosions is less straightforward than previously thought - 27 April 2009

Understanding stellar explosions is less straightforward than previously thought

Stellar explosions called novæ are caused by nuclear reactions between the star's atoms. In order to better understand such violent phenomena, astrophysicists study the radiation emitted by certain types of atom, and in particular the fluorine-18 produced by these reactions. Now, researchers at GANIL, in collaboration with teams from the UK, Belgium, Romania and France, have determined that fluorine-18 appears to be less abundant than expected. This discovery therefore reduces the chances of observing the radiation emitted by this atom. It implies new constraints for the observation and understanding of novæ.

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The astonishing regularity of atomic nuclei - 27 March 2009



Three researchers working at the University of Huelva (Spain), at the Hebraic university of Jerusalem and at GANIL, have proposed a mathematical method for the improved characterization of the collective properties of systems as complex as atomic nuclei.

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GANIL 2015 - 09 March 2009

GANIL 2015

The second GANIL 2015 symposium was held at GANIL's guest house on 9 March 2009.

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A collaborative agreement - 06 January 2009

A collaborative agreement

The CYCERON Public Interest Group, the GANIL, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Caen et Centre de Recherche, (ENSICAEN) and the University of Caen Basse-Normandie (UCBN) have signed a first collaborative agreement aimed, in particular, at revitalizing the EP2I action, thus improving the detection and maturation of innovative projects within laboratories, and optimising the transition of these projects towards the incubation phase.

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High-precision probing of beta radioactivity at GANIL - 27 November 2008



A team bringing together physicists from two French laboratories has successfully developed and tested a technique for measuring, with high accuracy, the emission distribution of particles generated by radioactive ions suspended in vacuum. This technique was used to probe the forces responsible for beta radioactivity with greater sensitivity. It will be used to reveal the possible existence of new interactions.

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GANIL's 25th anniversary - 06 November 2008

GANIL's 25th anniversary

GANIL celebrated its 25th research anniversary on the 6th and 7th November 2008, at the Caen Convention Center.

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French-Japanese workshop - 29 September 2008

French-Japanese workshop

A French-Japanese symposium was held in Paris, from 29 September to 2 October 2008, to discuss the new nuclear physics paradigm.

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INTDS 08 - 15 September 2008

INTDS 08

The 24th world conference of INTDS (International Nuclear Target Development Society) was held in Caen from 15 to 19 September 2008.

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New nuclei of superheavy atoms at GANIL - 03 September 2008

New nuclei of superheavy atoms at GANIL

Thanks to the GANIL accelerator, a team of physicists succeeded in creating and identifying the nuclei of elements comprising 120 and 124 protons, whereas uranium, the heaviest of natural elements, has only 92 protons.

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Santa's miniatures - 19 August 2008



Physicists at GANIL in Caen created a very rare species or Argon (Ar), containing 48 nucleons; that is, a nucleus with 8 more neutrons than the heaviest naturally occurring Ar on Earth. By using cutting-edge detector systems, and studying the properties of these exotic nuclei, which only survive for a fraction of a second, they discovered that an unexpected phenomenon occurred, which is interpreted by theoreticians as reflecting a triaxial form of the nucleus.

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Eurorib 08 - 08 June 2008

Eurorib 08

The International Conference "EURORIB'08" was held from 8 to 13 June 2008 in Giens (France).

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GANIL and RIKEN sign a LIA agreement - 30 January 2008

GANIL and RIKEN sign a LIA agreement

The CEA, CNRS and GANIL have signed a LIA (International Association of Laboratories) agreement related to the SPIRAL2 project, with the Japanese RIKEN laboratory

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Compressed stars - 28 January 2008

Compressed stars

Physicists working together on an international project led by the IPN in Orsay and the GANIL have, for the first time ever, successfully compressed an unstable nucleus, Nickel 56. This nucleus is not found on Earth but is present when a star explodes at the end of its life (supernova). This breakthrough opens up the possibility of compressing several hundred exotic nuclei, which have, until now, been inaccessible because of their instability. This will help us develop our understanding of how some stars are compressed before they explode.

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Signature of a collaborative agreement with India - 25 January 2008

Signature of a collaborative agreement with India

GANIL's chief director was invited by the French President to take part in the delegation, led by the French head of state, for the signature of a collaborative agreement with India in the context of the SPIRAL2* project.

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An exotic nucleus measured at GANIL - 15 January 2008



A collaborative effort*, led by P. Mueller of the Argonne National Laboratory (USA), has brought the new and old continents closer to GANIL in order to measure, for the first time ever, using laser spectroscopy, the size of the charge distribution of the radioactive helium-8 nucleus. The size of this nucleus is found to be larger than that of stable helium-4, but smaller than that of helium-6, in spite of its greater number of neutrons.

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Discovery of hydrogen-7 - 19 November 2007



A European team*, some members of whom are physicists at GANIL, has succeeded in characterizing the most neutron-rich isotope ever observed, hydrogen-7. For the first time in a laboratory, physicists have obtained atoms of hydrogen-7 by directing the most intense beam of exotic helium-8 nuclei in the world onto a revolutionary gas target.

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