Physics with radioactive beams at CERN-ISOLDE
T. Nilsson

The ISOLDE radioactive beam facility at CERN has now been operating for more than 35 years, delivering a unique range of radioactive isotopes as low-energy beams, often reaching the highest intensities. Recently, the addition of the post-accelerator REX-ISOLDE permits accelerating a wide range of radioactive beams and enlarging the scientific scope of the facility. The large range of radioactive beams is complemented by a number of cutting-edge experimental set-ups, permitting experiments within nuclear physics, atomic physics, astrophysics, fundamental interactions as well as condensed matter physics and life sciences.

The lectures will give an overview of the experimental programme pursued at ISOLDE with emphasis on studies of nuclear structure through decay experiments and low-energy reactions, and nuclear ground state properties through mass measurements and laser spectroscopy of exotic nuclei. This will be illustrated by recent results obtained at the facility, together with an overview of the associated experimental equipment. The crucial interplay of the radioactive beam production process and the experiments at an ISOL-facility will be highlighted. A brief description of applications as well as studies of fundamental interactions using slow RIBs will be given. Furthermore, the future perspectives of ISOL facilities in Europe and the possible connections to neutrino physics will be mentioned.

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