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Exotic radioactive molecules could reveal physics beyond the Standard Model

by Gerda Neyens, ISOLDE Collaboration Spokesperson

ISOLDE, CERN’s radioactive beam facility enables the first spectroscopic study of radium monofluoride (RaF); a radioactive molecule tht can be used to probe new physics beyond the Standard Model. 


First measurements of charge radii of the Cu isotopes using ISOLDE's Collinear Resonance Ionisation Spectroscopy (CRIS) method shed more light on one of the most pertinent open problems in nuclear theory.


PUMA: Exploring exotic nuclear phenomena with antimatter

by Alexandre Obertelli (TU Darmstadt, PUMA spokesperson) François Butin (CERN, PUMA project manager)

The proposed experiment would for the first time transport antiprotons trapped at AD/ELENA to ISOLDE where they will be used for nuclear physics experiments.


Finding the best candidates for atomic EDM searches

by Peter Butler & Liam Gaffney (University of Liverpool), Joonas Konki (CERN)

Using the HIE-ISOLDE accelerator, researchers concluded that radon atoms provide less favourable conditions for the enhancement of a measurable atomic EDM than radium.


Last week, the new CERN-MEDICIS facility has produced radioisotopes that will be used primarily for hospitals and research centres in Switzerland and across Europe. 

On 28th September, the ISOLDE Collaboration celebrated the completion of stage 1 of the HIE-ISOLDE project, which opens up new physics opportunities for radioactive ion beam experiments at CERN.

In a recent publication in NATURE, ISOLDE collaboration presented new measurements of magic numbers. The large and unexpected increase of the size of the neutron-rich calcium isotopes beyond N = 28 opens new intriguing questions on the evolution of nuclear sizes away from stability, which are of importance for our understanding of neutron-rich atomic nuclei.

Two distinctions for ISOLDE scientists

by Panos Charitos

Two ISOLDE scientists have received prestigious awards this year for their research in the field of nuclear and particle physics.

ISOLDE offers safety training courses

by Panos Charitos

ISOLDE offers to its users a number of tailored courses in electrical safety and raditation protection in close collaboration with the HSE unit, the DGS-RP group and PH's Departmental Safety Officer.

Maria Borge, ISOLDE's spokesperson, discusses the physics accomplishments of the first six weeks of beam time