Oct 3 – 7, 2022
Science Culture Center, IBS
Asia/Seoul timezone

Low Energy Radioactive Ion Beams at SPES for nuclear physics and medical applications

Oct 5, 2022, 9:30 AM
S236 (Science Culture Center, IBS)


Science Culture Center, IBS

55 EXPO-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon
Invited Session 9


Alberto Andrighetto (INFN Laboratori di Legnaro)


Around the world, many facilities producing Radioactive Ion Beams (RIBs) using the
Isotope Separation On Line (ISOL) technique have been or are under construction. Among
others, SPES (Selective Production of Exotic Species) is the facility in the installation phase
in these years in the Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro (LNL). In this type of facility, the
radioactive atoms are produced using a 40 MeV-200 μA proton beam impinging the
Uranium Carbide (UCx) target composed by seven disks in order to dissipate the 8 kW beam
power. The fission products, in the order of 10^13 atoms/seconds, diffuse and effuse out of
the target up to the ion source where are ionized and accelerated by an extraction voltage up
to 40 kV. The formed RIB will be subsequently directed and focalized using different
electromagnetic systems and purified in order to have a pure isotope beam without
contaminants. The RIBs can be sent directly to the low energy experimental area and,
afterwards, to the post-acceleration stage.
Currently the installation program concerning the RIB source provides the set-up of the
apparatus around the production bunker. The main objective is to provide in the next years,
the first low-energy radioactive beams for beta decay experiments using the b-DS (beta
Decay Station) set-up and for radiopharmaceutical applications by means of the IRIS
(ISOLPHARM Radioactive Implantation Station) apparatus. The goal of the ISOLPHARM
project is to provide a feasibility study for an innovative technology for the production of
extremely high specific activity beta emitting radionuclides as radiopharmaceutical
In this presentation, all the specific issues related to the SPES RIB and the Low Energy
beam lines will be appropriately presented and commented, showing the results obtained in
the last years. The main RIB systems, such as ion source systems, target-handling devices
and the installation of low energy transport line, will be presented in detail.

Primary author

Alberto Andrighetto (INFN Laboratori di Legnaro)

Presentation materials