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Nuclear structure and reaction studies at SPIRAL

Abstract : The SPIRAL facility at GANIL, operational since 2001, is described briefly. The diverse physics program using the re-accelerated (1.2 to 25 MeV/u) beams ranging from He to Kr and the instrumentation specially developed for their exploitation are presented. Results of these studies, using both direct and compound processes, addressing various questions related to the existence of exotic states of nuclear matter, evolution of new ``magic numbers'', tunnelling of exotic nuclei, neutron correlations, exotic pathways in astrophysical sites and characterization of the continuum are discussed. The future prospects for the facility and the path towards SPIRAL2, a next generation ISOL facility, are also briefly presented.
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A. Navin, Francois de Oliveira Santos, P. Roussel-Chomaz, O. Sorlin. Nuclear structure and reaction studies at SPIRAL. Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, IOP Publishing, 2011, 38, pp.024004. ⟨10.1088/0954-3899/38/2/024004⟩. ⟨in2p3-00548818⟩

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