News & Highlights 2018

News from 2018

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…