Chemical Elements as Tracers of the Evolution of the Cosmos


Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Catania, Italy)

The INFN-LNL laboratories in Legnaro (Padua) are equipped with a 14 MV Tandem accelerator, a linear accelerator (LINAC) and its PIAVE RFQ injector that together reach and energy of about 10 MeV/A. There are also two electrostatic accelerators devoted to low energy beam (CN and AN2000 accelerators). In the near future, the new SPES ISOL facility will became also operational. It will take full advantage of a recently-installed cyclotron and the presence of the existing accelerator complex for postacceleration.

The INFN-LNL is one of the four National Laboratories of INFN and it is devoted to nuclear physics studies. The combination of the 14 MV Tandem accelerator and the ALPI Linac and the PIAVE RFQ accelerator can provide several beam species in a wide energy range. In addition, the INFN-LNL can gain from the availability of many detection facilities (e.g. GALILEO, PRISMA, AGATA demonstrator, EXOTIC, GARFIELD, and others)

There are also two electrostatic accelerators used mainly for ion beam analysis: the CN accelerator (max HV 5 MV) and the AN2000 accelerator (max HV 2 MV) with many experiment devoted on nuclear astrophysics and the possibility to produce also maxwell Boltzmann distributed neutron beams. An implanter is also present at the laboratories for target production.

In the coming years, the SPES ISOL facility will be fully operational. Fission fragments, produced by impinging a 40-MeV 200-uA proton beam on a UCx target and accelerated up to ~10 MeV/A, will be delivered to secondary targets for Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics experiments.

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