Upgraded chief production trickery starts up

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The ISOLDE beamline, versed with a initial HIE-ISOLDE cryomodule in a light grey cryostat.

The ISOLDE beamline, versed with a initial HIE-ISOLDE cryomodule in a light grey cryostat.

Over a final few weeks, CERN’s chief production facility, ISOLDE, has been producing ion beams during aloft energies. The initial cryomodule of a new HIE-ISOLDE (High-Intensity and Energy ISOLDE) accelerator is adult and running, augmenting a lamp appetite from 3 to 4.3 MeV per nucleon.

The singular ISOLDE trickery accelerates opposite forms of hot ions for many fields of elemental and practical research. Each year, a beams are used by around fifty experiments study a far-reaching operation of subjects from a properties of atoms and nuclei to biomedical applications, chief astrophysics and solid-state physics. By producing higher-energy beams, a HIE-ISOLDE accelerator will boost a investigate opportunities further.

These initial beams are a outcome of 8 years of growth and manufacturing. The public of this initial cryomodule presented CERN’s teams with countless technical challenges. It contains 5 accelerating cavities and a solenoid magnet that focuses a beam, all of that are superconducting. The cavities were quite formidable to build, and a cryomodule is done adult of no fewer than 10 000 components! It was ecstatic to a ISOLDE gymnasium on 2 May and joined to a existent accelerator. The commissioning began in a summer, culminating in a acceleration of a initial hot lamp on 22 October.

HIE-ISOLDE will run for a sum of 5 weeks this year. Next year, another cryomodule will be joined to a first, augmenting a appetite to 5.5 MeV per nucleon. The public of a final dual cryomodules will start in mid-2016, bringing a final appetite to 10 MeV per nucleon for a heaviest nuclei accessible during ISOLDE.

Source: CERN