The GANIL cyclotrons complex is consisted of five cyclotrons and hundreds meters of beamline. Each year, it delivers more than 4.000 hours of beamtime for nuclear physics and astrophysics, atomic phyisics, material sciences, radiobiology. Several experiments can be ran in parallel.
Scientists can choose their beams (type of ion, stable, radioactive, energy, intensity…) and GANIL staff is organized to supply them the chosen beam. Around 100 people work for the development, the running and the maintenance of the accelerators.
Five cyclotrons are on site to offer a large range of beam energies :
SPIRAL2 is a new facility which will open new horizons to research at GANIL. The SPIRAL2 LINAC (LINear ACcelerator) can accelerate lighter nuclei (protons, deuterons, helium) than the GANIL cyclotrons, thereby extending the research done until now.
The linear accelerator is made of 26 accelerating cavities, enclosed in 19 cryomodules. It is composed of niobium and cooled by liquid helium.
It also accelerates heavy ions up to nickel, at intensities 10 times greater than those currently available. This gain in intensity opens up new prospects.
Energies ranges :
8 ion sources:
Head of the Accelerators department:
Frédéric Chautard – firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Dolegieviez – email@example.com