Cryogenic plant producing liquid helium to supply the LINAC of SPIRAL 2 installed at GANIL in Caen
Cryogenic plant producing liquid helium to supply the LINAC (LINear ACcelerator) of SPIRAL 2 (2nd generation linear radioactive ion production system), installed at GANIL (Large National Heavy Ion Accelerator) in Caen. The plant maintains the cryomodule cavities in a superconductor state, at an operating temperature of -269°C. SPIRAL 2 brings together a linear particle accelerator with laboratories dedicated to the exploration of the atomic nucleus. The SPIRAL 2 LINAC delivers light and heavy ion beams at extremely high intensities, more than 10 times greater than those available at GANIL. It enables both light and heavy exotic nuclei to be generated, as in a nuclear reaction. Located more than 9 m underground, SPIRAL 2 is dedicated to nuclear physics and develops applications for different areas of activity including nuclear medicine, energy, aerospace etc.