Ten Years of Physics with REX-ISOLDE
Presented by Prof. Piet VAN DUPPEN on 6 Dec 2011 from 11:00 to 11:40
Session: REX-ISOLDE Commemoration
The "Radioactive EXperiment at ISOLDE" (REX-ISOLDE) was proposed at the end of 1994 to perform a pilot experiment to study neutron-rich isotopes around N=20 and 28 using Coulomb excitation and transfer reactions. A novel concept to accelerate the existing low-energy, singly-charged ISOLDE beams and a new high-efficiency gamma-ray array, called Miniball, dedicated to low-multiplicity experiments were proposed. In 2001, first radioactive beams were accelerated to 2.2 MeV/u and used for physics studies. Later upgrades allowed to rise the final energy to 3 MeV/u. After ten years of operation, REX-ISOLDE has enlarged its scope far beyond the original plans. Isotopes as light as 8Li and as heavy as 224Ra have been used for Coulomb excitation, few-nucleon transfer reaction or fusion evaporation studies to name a few. In this contribution we will highlight some of the physics results and emphasize ISOLDE's unique opportunities. In addition we will give a brief historical note on how the concept of REX-ISOLDE came about.
Room: Council Chamber