Cryomodules enclosing the superconductive accelerating cavities of the SPIRAL 2 LINAC
Cryomodules enclosing the superconductive accelerating cavities of the SPIRAL 2 LINAC (LINear ACcelerator). The cavities are composed of niobium and induce an intense electromagnetic field required to accelerate the ion beams. SPIRAL 2 (2nd generation linear radioactive ion production system), installed at the Large National Heavy Ion Accelerator (GANIL), 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.