View of the LINAC of SPIRAL 2 with its superconductive cryomodules enclosing accelerating cavities
View of the LINAC (LINear ACcelerator) of SPIRAL 2 (a 2nd generation linear radioactive ion production system) with its superconductive cryomodules enclosing accelerating cavities. SPIRAL 2 is installed at GANIL (Large National Heavy ion Accelerator), in Caen. SPIRAL 2 connects the LINAC to 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.