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March 30, 2023
The GANIL Thesis Award recognizes and rewards achievements of PhD students who earned their doctoral degree based on GANIL experiments or a theoretical study closely related to research at GANIL. More information :  
February 27, 2023
First experience with FALSTAFF at NFS
After several years of development at Saclay, the first part of the Falstaff spectrometer was moved to GANIL in 2021 and then installed on NFS for the study of uranium 235. The experiment that took place in November and December…
October 27, 2022
A giant mirror symmetry breaking observed in an atomic nucleus
An international team, gathered around an unprecedented experiment carried out at GANIL on LISE, has shown that certain states of 36Ca have a very significant difference in energy with the equivalent states of its “mirror” nucleus, 36S. This gap is…
September 29, 2022
LINAC SPIRAL2: a first accelerated oxygen beam at 7 MeV/u
The LINAC SPIRAL2 successfully produced its first oxygen beam on September 16. After protons at the end of 2019 and deuterons in 2021, the GANIL linear accelerator is taking its first steps in accelerating heavy ions produced by the PHOENIX_V3…
September 21, 2022
NuPECC Special Report “Nuclear Physics in Everyday Life”
The final version of the NuPECC Special Report "Nuclear Physics in Everyday Life" is now available under two versions:- Web Version, low resolution, 16 MB- Print Version, high resolution, 126 MB
June 1, 2022
Call for applications 2023 Visiting Scientist at GANIL, France
GANIL welcomes international scientists to apply to its new visitor program. The objective of this visiting-scientist program is to provide an international venue for research on nuclear physics, accelerator and instrumentation developments, focused but not limited to GANIL investigations on…
March 28, 2022
Vision for the future of GANIL
The report of the international expert committee for the future of GANIL has been released. You can access it here. Expert-Committee-Vision-for-GANILDownload We recall that the different steps and processes that lead to these conclusions are to be found here (link…
January 1, 2022
December 19, 2021
SPIRAL2 –LINAC-NFS is now fully operational!
December 2021 marks the end of an era as the SPIRAL2 project is now in routine operation and experiments using the Neutrons for Science Facility (NFS) have been started. The initial steps, included the challenges associated with the design of…
December 9, 2021
Spiral2, la fabrique des atomes
Ligne de transport des faisceaux de haute énergie de Spiral 2 au grand accélérateur national d'ions lourds (Ganil), à Caen. CEA / Philippe Stroppa À Caen, le nouvel accélérateur d’ions lourds du Ganil, Spiral2, achève sa mise en route. Toujours…
September 24, 2021
4D visualisation of a proton radioactivity with ACTAR TPC
An experiment performed at GANIL with the new detection device ACTAR TPC (ACTive TARget Time Projection Chamber) allowed for the development of a new technique for the direct reconstruction of the 3D trajectories of the protons emitted by the isomeric state…
September 13, 2021
AGATA at GANIL : seven years of success-story
The Advanced Gamma Tracking Array (AGATA) campaign at GANIL has been successfully completed in summer 2021. The AGATA array, is the European forefront instrument based on semiconductor Germanium detectors, for high-resolution γ-ray spectroscopy in which France has a major contribution.…
July 19, 2021
20MeV/A alpha beams accelerated for the first time through the SPIRAL2 LINAC
Saturday July 17, 2021 The SPIRAL2 LINAC achieved another major milestone by accelerating to the design energy of 20MeV/A a 200µA 4He beam with a duty cycle of  1ms/s. This validates the acceleration of A/Q=2 particles through the LINAC.
May 11, 2021
GANIL-SPIRAL2 in Nuclear Physics News International
February 26, 2021
Running an experiment in GANIL during COVID19 pandemic
Current sanitary conditions - updated on 03/02/22 Be aware that this conditions may change depending on national policy: please check regularly this page.   form_COVID_CampCyclo2021_3fevr2022Download Each collaborator is responsible to take care of the travelling conditions/authorization from his/her country to…
January 18, 2021
Demise of Marc Lefort, first director of GANIL
It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Prof. Marc Lefort, who was the first director of GANIL (1975-1982) and who oversaw its construction. Marc Lefort was hired by the French Research Council (CNRS) by…
December 18, 2020
December 2020: GANIL/SPIRAL2 Highlights
New SPIRAL2 LINAC beam power output record. Commissioning of the new superconducting linear accelerator (LINAC – Figure 1) continues apace at GANIL.  This high-power accelerator will provide GANIL with new possibilities in terms of beams for nuclear physics research. By…
November 10, 2020
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September 3, 2020
The balance of tin
The complexity of the atomic nucleus reflects a multi-component character of the « nuclear force » that holds protons and neutrons together. Proper separation and characterization of each of these components represents a challenge for both theoretical and experimental nuclear structure studies.…
schematic representation of peptide bond formation in ion-cluster collisions
August 6, 2020
Formation of polypeptide in the collision of an α–particle with a cluster of amino acids
The emergence of life on Earth can be related to the delivery of prebiotic molecules formed in space. Indeed the observation of more than 200 molecules in the interstellar medium and the detection of complex organic molecules around Saturn moons…
June 24, 2020
Claude Détraz (1938-2020) A committed and visionary physicist of the European science
  Claude Détraz, born on March 20, 1938 in Albi (Tarn), France. An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he started his research career at the CNRS in 1962 studying atomic nuclei. Claude Détraz was a great visionary and scientist…
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June 2, 2020
GANIL hosts the first virtual IPAC conference
GANIL hosted the annual IPAC conference in GANIL but not physically in Caen but "virtually" (due the pandemic conditions). This first virtual conference was "attended " by 3000 people from the world wide accelerator community, representing around 300 institutions/laboratories. The…
February 7, 2020
Convenient location of a near-threshold proton-emitting resonance in 11B
Nuclear clustering is arguably one of the most mysterious nuclear phenomena. Numerous examples of cluster-like weakly-bound and unbound states in light nuclei can be found in the proximity of particle decay thresholds. These include the ground state of the Borromean…
July 11, 2019
Administrative authorization for the commissioning of SPIRAL2 facility at GANIL
On 8th July, the French nuclear safety authority gave the administrative authorization to start up the full SPIRAL2 facility at GANIL. This opens the way for the various steps involved in the commissioning of the accelerator, eventually leading to the…
July 11, 2019
The 2019 experimental campaign with the cyclotrons continues at GANIL: new experimental challenges
The 2019 GANIL experimental campaign was marked by the first use of unique combinations of several new high-performance detectors. Thanks to the state-of-art instrumentation and beam developments for radioactive ion beams, new challenging experiments are being performed by international collaborations.…
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March 28, 2019
Call for proposals of nuclear physics experiments at GANIL
The next meeting of the GANIL Program Advisory Committee (PAC) will take place between the middle of September and the middle of October 2019, at GANIL. The deadline for submission of the proposals is May 30th 2019 (14:00 CET). More information on:
January 30, 2019
Portes ouvertes du GANIL le 16 mars 2019
Le GANIL ouvrira ses portes au public le 16 mars prochain. Les visiteurs seront guidés dans les coulisses des installations uniques du GANIL et de SPIRAL2 et pourront découvrir les instruments de recherche de pointe utilisés par les scientifiques. Les…
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January 17, 2019
2019 GANIL Scientific Council
The next GANIL-SPIRAL2 Scientific Council will be held on Monday, January 21st and Tuesday, January 22nd, at GANIL. The members of the Scientific Council will review the current status of the accelerators and the present and upcoming instrumentation. A selection…
November 12, 2018
Status of the RFQ (Radio Frequency Quadrupole) of SPIRAL2 and recent improvement
Many results have been achieved over the past few months. The RFQ RF commissioning was improved with a better control of the RF chains and thanks to the long time spent on RF commissioning. The cavity can now sustain its…
November 9, 2018
Coexistence of three different nuclear shapes disentangled in 98Zr
The shapes of atomic nuclei are known to evolve as a function of neutron and proton numbers. This evolution is usually gradual. The chain of zirconium isotopes represents a notable exception, exhibiting one of the most dramatic shape changes in…
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November 8, 2018
The 2018 GANIL Program Advisory Committee (PAC) on nuclear physics experiments
Following the Call for proposals held in March 2018, the next Program Advisory Committee meeting was held in GANIL on November 15th and 16th, 2018. The PAC considered new proposals for nuclear physics experiments that can be scheduled during the…
October 22, 2018
Improvements of the SPIRAL2 cryogenic system continue
Adjustments on SPIRAL2 cryogenic system are in progress. These modifications aim to: - stabilize of the operation of the system, in particular the pressure of the helium baths, an essential criteria for the injection of the radiofrequency power in the…
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October 16, 2018
Kick-off meeting of the GANIL Users Executive Committee (GUEC)
The kick-off meeting of the GANIL Users Executive Committee (GUEC) was held on October 8th, 2018, in Caen during the GANIL Community Meeting. At this occasion, the members of the committee discussed how to ensure the role and missions of…
October 15, 2018
The first GANIL Community meeting, new avenues for GANIL and its community
The first edition of the GANIL Community Meeting was held on October 8-12th, 2018, in Caen, France. 104 participants from laboratories around the world came to debate the scientific programs for the next five years at GANIL. The first edition…
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September 15, 2018
Arrival of the first Superconducting Multipole Triplet (SMT) in the experimental hall of the Super Separator Spectrometer (S3)
August 29, 2018 was an important date for the S3 team, receiving the first of the seven superconducting triplets. The magnet, weighting 2.8 tons and 1.8 meter long, uses an innovative coil design. It is one of the key components…
August 1, 2018
Completion of the two runs of 2018 scheduled experiments at GANIL
From April 3rd to July 29th, 2018, the GANIL accelerators delivered to users stable and radioactive beams. The first run was characterized by the starting up of the AGATA-NEDA-DIAMANT campaign. Five experiments have been running with very intense stable beams…
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June 15, 2018
2018 Interdisciplinary Program Advisory Committee (iPAC)
The Interdisciplinary Program Advisory Committee met on June 8th, 2018 on GANIL campus. The iPAC composed of 6 members who evaluated all future interdisciplinary experiments to be performed at GANIL (for all 4 beam lines: ARIBE, IRRSUD, ME and HE).…
May 10, 2018
GANIL hosted the first China-France Joint Nuclear Physics
The first edition of the China-France Joint Nuclear Physics Symposium was held in GANIL from April 10th to April 13th, 2018. 57 participants from both countries attended the event. The Symposium was dedicated to the presentation and discussion of projects…
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March 19, 2018
International review of the Radio-Frequency Quadrupole of SPIRAL2
The review of the Radio-Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) of SPIRAL2 took place in GANIL in February. Three internation experts (Alessandra Lombardi (CERN), Andrea Pisent (INFN-LNL) and Peter Ostroumov (MSU FRIB)) reviewed the present situation and difficulties, presented by SPIRAL2 project team.…
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March 18, 2018
Review of the Super Separator Spectrometer (S3) project, SPIRAL2 experimental room
The review of the Super Separator Spectrometer (S3) project has been held in GANIL at the beginning of the year. The review committee was consisted of five members from CEA/IRFU, CNRS/IN2P3 and MSU (USA) who reviewed the status of the…
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February 15, 2018
Report on the last GANIL Scientific Council
The 2018 GANIL Scientific Council reviewed the current status of the accelerators and the present and upcoming instrumentation. A selection of experimental programs was examined. In its report, the Scientific Council subscribes to the notion that the two highest priorities…
January 18, 2018
First total cooldown of the SPIRAL2 superconducting LINAC
The first total cooldown of the SPIRAL2 linear accelerator has been achieved in November, 2017 at GANIL. Liquid helium was injected in all the cryomodules of the accelerating cavities and 16 of the 19 cryomodules met the pressure stability requirements…
January 16, 2018
New equipment for the Neutrons for Science (NFS) experimental area
In 2017, the irradiation station and the sample transfer system have been installed. The vacuum system is now operational. Installation will continue in 2018 with the time-of-flight area beam line and the rotating converter before the summer. The neutrons for…
January 16, 2018
A new milestone achieved for the commissioning of the SPIRAL 1 upgrade
Tests for the upgrade of the SPIRAL 1 facility have been ongoing since January 2017. The latest tests show that all instruments are operational. After successful completion of the installation phase in April, all the equipment of the upgraded facility…
January 16, 2018
ACTAR TPC detector ready for its first physics experiment at GANIL
After a four-year period of R&D financed by an ERC grant, the next-generation active target of GANIL, ACTAR TPC, is now ready to be operated in-beam. Compared to its predecessor MAYA, ACTAR TPC is capable of multiparticle tracking thanks to…
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January 16, 2018
The 2017 GANIL Program Advisory Committee (PAC)
The program advisory committee (PAC) of GANIL convened on November 28th and 29th to evaluate the 21 experiment proposals submitted to this year’s edition. A total of 612 time units (UT, 1UT=8 hours' beam) were requested. The instrumentation available at…
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January 16, 2018
GANIL User Group: why it is important to become a member
The GANIL management with the help of the H2020 IDEAAL project team took an initiative to organize and structure a GANIL User Group. Find out why and how you can become a member of the GANIL User Group. Q: Why…
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January 16, 2018
Scientific Data Management: we need your participation!
Please fill our survey about scientific data management in GANIL to improve security and accessibility for your data. An objective of the EU IDEAAL project is to enhance the excellence of access to the GANIL-SPIRAL2 infrastructure. Our plan is to…
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January 16, 2018
A new portal to register and manage your GANIL user profile
Create an account on the new GANIL portal and access and subscribe to our services and news. This portal site devoted to registered users of GANIL and to creation of a new user account. The goal is to provide all…