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lnl flagsLNL is one of the four national labs of the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN). The mission is to perform basic research in nuclear physics and nuclear-astrophysics, together with applications of nuclear technologies.

Around 700 scientists from all over the world are involved in the ongoing research programs. Every day about 250 people work at LNL, half of them being INFN employees (physicists, engineers, technicians....) the remaining half coming from universities and research institutions in Italy and abroad. The laboratory budget is nearly 20 Million Euro per year, half for handling and research, half for personnel. Strength points are the development of particle accelerators and of nuclear radiation detectors, and the technology transfer.

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OSCAR data taking campaing

The four modules of the OSCAR horoscope array have been successfully installed at the AN2000 facility of the Legnaro National Laboratories and are taking data. The setup is now in its largest shape; it is composed of 4 ΔE-E segmented silicon telescopes for a total amount of 96 detector channels in a very compact arrangement. It will be used for measuring the charged particles emitted via the nuclear reactions between a projectile of 3He, at few MeV kinetic energy, and a 13C target. This work is part of the NUCLEX collaboration research plan to unveil unknown features of low-energy nuclear reactions. The information gathered are related to the accurate measurement of nuclear reaction cross sections, to the study of competing reaction mechanisms, and to their application in Nuclear Reaction Analyses.


Figure caption: OSCAR apparatus with 96 detector channels in a very compact arrangement.


The second phase of the ISOL-SPES (Isotope Separation On-Line) system installation has started.

This phase involves the core of the SPES-ISOL project, the target reaction chamber.

The connections between the accelerator and the chamber are made possible by a complex system called “Front-End”.

Thanks to the Front-End, the target chamber receives more than 10 kW of electrical power, the cooling water,  the high voltage up to 40 kV and the proton beam from the cyclotron to produce the exotic species used in the several research areas available in the SPES project.

The transport and installation of the Front End is a particularly tricky phase due to several brittle ceramic insulators that are present in this system.

Now that the Front End is in its final place, the other connections and installation works can proceed. More beam line components will be installed during this year.

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