For the first time, a team of researchers was able to measure and accurately identify daughter nuclei produced by the fission of uranium-239 fission. This was made possible by the unique combination of GANIL equipment and beams. It is published in the Physical Review Letter*.
By a decision published on 8 July 2019, the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) authorisedauthorized the commissioning of the SPIRAL2* facility at GANIL in Caen. The various steps to start the accelerator have thus begun, with a view to hosting the first experiments in the Neutrons For Science (NFS) room.
Theoretical work involving researchers from Ganil, the University of Huelva in Spain and the Racah Institute of Physics in Israel, confirms the vibrational nature of cadmium-110, reproducing experimental observations that called this nature into question. Since the 1970s experiments have revealed the existence of non-vibrational states called "intruder" states.
The first triplet of superconducting multipoles of the S3 Super Separator Spectrometer arrived at Ganil on August 29, 2018. S3 is one of the experiment rooms of the Spiral2 facility. The magnet, with a mass of 2.8 tonnes, is 1.8 m long and almost as high. This innovative type of magnet is very compact despite the number of optical functions it can generate (quadrupole, sextupole, octupole and dipole). It is the first of a series of seven to be delivered to the Ganil.
GANIL (Grand accélérateur national d'ions lourds) is carrying out its 2018 experimental campaign from April to July. During the four months of operation, experiments in nuclear physics, atomic physics and materials science will be conducted by research teams from all around the world. Industrial users will also be welcomed at GANIL. During this period, the GANIL accelerators will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
During an experiment carried out at the accelerator of the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia), a French-Australian collaboration (GANIL Caen, IPN Orsay, IRFU/DPhN Saclay, ANU Canberra) first identified the fragments created in quasi-fission reactions with atomic numbers Z up to plutonium (Z=94) and mass A. For this study, near-fission reactions were induced during collisions between 48Ti projectile ions, accelerated to 276 MeV, and target atoms of 238U.
Taking a high definition picture of nuclear reactions is now possible with the new ACTAR TPC (ACtive TARget Time Projection Chamber) detector developed at GANIL as part of an international collaboration. The ACTAR TPC device fulfils two functions simultaneously: as a target and as a detector. Indeed, the gas of which it is filled constitutes the target of matter in which the incident ion beam interacts.
GANIL (Grand accélérateur national d'ions lourds) and LPC Caen (Laboratoire de physique Corpusculaire) have received a grant of 630,000 euros from the Normandy Region for the MORA project, a research program on the imbalance between matter and antimatter in the Universe.  
In line with its mission to host interdisciplinary research, CIMAP (Centre de recherche sur les Ions, les MAtériaux et la Photonique) will host experiments in 2017 from various sources, ranging from solid-state physics to radiobiology, distributed over 3 beamlines covering a wide range of energy: IRRSUD (~1MeV/A, output C0), D1/SME (~10MeV/A, output CSS1) and D1/HE (output CSS2).


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