ISOLDE

ISOLDE studies the properties of atomic nuclei, with further applications in fundamental studies, astrophysics, material and life sciences.

52 results

ISOLDE data get deluxe theoretical treatment

A unique combination of high-quality experimental data and several state-of-the-art nuclear-physics models has resulted in an excellent agreement between experiment and theory

News
Physics
14 January, 2022

Bismuth isotopes also alternate from spheres to rugby balls

The unusual nuclear physics phenomenon, first discovered at CERN’s ISOLDE facility 50 years ago, had until now been seen only in mercury isotopes

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Physics
18 November, 2021

Grabbing magic tin by the tail

The ISOLTRAP experiment at CERN’s ISOLDE facility has weighed the neighbouring indium nuclei of tin-100, shedding new light on this special “doubly magic” nucleus

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Physics
23 September, 2021
Physics
News
23 September, 2021

Data-taking in physics facilities is resuming

With the Proton Synchrotron and its Booster accelerating protons to high energies again, the physics season can start at the ISOLDE radioactive ion beam facility and the Antimatter Factory

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Experiments
30 June, 2021

Potassium nucleus loses some of its magic

A new study at ISOLDE finds no signature of a “magic” number of neutrons in potassium-51, challenging the proposed magic nature of nuclei with 32 neutrons

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Physics
29 January, 2021
Physics
News
29 January, 2021

LS2 Report: first beam inside the upgraded HIE-ISOLDE facility

Upgrades and repairs of the HIE-ISOLDE linear accelerator will enable experiments to delve deeper than ever into the physics of radioactive isotopes

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Accelerators
10 November, 2020
Accelerators
News
10 November, 2020

ISOLDE reveals fundamental property of rarest element on Earth

The finding is significant for both fundamental and medical research, as the element is a promising candidate for cancer treatment by targeted alpha therapy

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Physics
30 July, 2020

ISOLDE scores a first with laser spectroscopy of short-lived radioactive molecules

The result represents an essential step towards using these molecules for fundamental physics research and beyond

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Physics
27 May, 2020

ISOLDE spots another pear-shaped nucleus

An experiment performed at CERN’s ISOLDE facility shows that the nucleus of the isotope radium-222 is pear-shaped

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Physics
10 February, 2020
Physics
News
10 February, 2020

ISOLDE’s new Offline 2 source nears completion

The final touches are being put to the new test facility to ready it for operation

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Experiments
07 October, 2019

Rugby or football? ISOLDE reveals shape-shifting character of Mercury isotopes

An unprecedented combination of experimental nuclear physics and theoretical and computational modelling techniques has been brought together to reveal the full extent of the odd-even shape staggering of exotic mercury isotopes, and explain how it happens

Press release
Physics
01 October, 2018
Physics
Press release
01 October, 2018