GANIL-SPIRAL 2 facilities
  • Accelerators
  • Available beams
  • Experimental areas
    • ARIBE
    • D1
    • D2
    • D3-D6 / LISE
    • D5
    • DESIR
    • G1 / VAMOS
    • G2
    • G3
    • G4
    • IRRSUD
    • LIRAT
    • NFS – Neutrons for Science
    • S3 – Super Separator Spectrometer
  • Instrumentation
    • AGATA
    • FAZIA
    • INDRA
    • LPCTrap
    • MUST2
    • NEDA
    • PARIS
    • REGLIS3
    • S3 Low Energy Branch
    • SIRIUS



AGATA (Advanced Gamma Tracking Array) is a European research project with the aim of developing and building the first next generation 4p gamma-ray spectrometer for studies in fundamental nuclear science. This instrument benefits of several progress in detector technologies in collaboration with industry, real-time fast electronic processing and data analysis methods. It will be used in experiments utilizing both intense stable and radioactive ion beams, to study the structure of atomic nuclei as a function of angular momentum, isospin, and temperature at the limits of their stability.

This itinerant spectrometer has been used in the LNL-Italy (2010-2011) and the GSI-Germany (2012-2014) laboratories before being installed in GANIL-France in 2014.

The AGATA spectrometer has been identified as one of the key instrument for the next generation of European heavy-ions accelerators in the long-range plan of the nuclear physics community.


Scientific goals


  • Physics of AGATA@GANIL is the in-beam high resolution γ-ray spectroscopy of exotic nuclei populated by heavy-ions collisions
  • It benefits from the use of the high intensity stable beams up to 238U for multi-nucleon transfer, fusion-fission, fusion-evaporation induced-reactions
  • Its benefits from the availability of post-accelerated radioactive SPIRAL1 ions-beams for Coulomb excitation and transfer reactions.
  • It can be coupled to a large variety of spectrometer (The VAMOS spectrometer, the NEDA and DIAMANT particle detectors, the MUGAST array for spectroscopy using SPIRAL1 beams, high energy gamma-ray spectrometers like FATIMA or PARIS).


Technical specifications

These two publications summarize the technical features of the AGATA spectrometer:

Conceptual design of the AGATA array at GANIL:

AGATA—Advanced GAmma Tracking Array:



The AGATA collaboration consists of several hundred of scientists, engineers, and students from more than 40 research institutes in 12 European countries: Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Finland. France, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and UK.

AGATA is an open collaboration and welcomes new members. For more information, please  visit the following page  [link].


Contact (GANIL)

Scientific coordinator: Emmanuel Clément –

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