Copyright – CNRS/IJCLab – 2020

The Nuclear Physics pole of IJCLab is the result of the reunion of the IPN and CSNSM teams, themselves stemming from a long line of physicists going back to the foundation of the Orsay campus and to the very origins of this discipline in France. The pole has a scientific culture built up over more than six decades in two laboratories that interacted continuously, one, pioneer in the heavy-ion field and builder of GANIL, and the other, a forerunner of mass spectrometry techniques, nuclear spectroscopy and ion sources. The combination of these teams has led to a scientific pole with about 70 researchers (one third of whom are PhD students) whose scientific profiles are oriented towards the construction of new instruments, the development of new beams and the deployment of our expertise concerning all facets of nuclear spectroscopy.

The nuclear physicists of our laboratory thus have a strong involvement in national and international projects. Locally, they also make an essential contribution to the development and the scientific exploitation of the Andromède and ALTO research platforms. They find themselves in a natural network of close collaborations not only with the teams of these platforms but also with certain teams of the Accelerator Physics pole. There are additional convergences of thematic interests with certain teams of the A2C Pole (nuclear astrophysics), the E&E Pole (nuclear data, materials under irradiation, targets) and the Theory Pole (strong interaction and many-body problem).

The pole in the IJCLab highlights

News of the pole

  • The astonishing superheavy elements
    The infinitely large and the infinitely small are the natural limits of human perception. While situated at opposite extremes in terms of size, the two concepts are united by the fact that they are the frontiers of scientific inquiry and … Read more
  • The nuclear pygmy resonance studied at SPIRAL2-NFS
    In the framework of an international collaboration led by Irfu/DPhN and IJCLab, an experiment aiming to study the pygmy dipole resonance in the 140Ce nucleus (composed of 58 protons and 82 neutrons) has just been performed at GANIL-SPIRAL2, using the NFS … Read more
  • Speaking of the atom on the radio
    The question is “quite simple”: how quantum physics will complicate the approach to the atom and particularly its relation to the understanding of the electron?  To answer this question and many others of Antoine Beauchamp, Marlène Assié from IJCLab has joined … Read more

Major collaborations and projects