Journal of Physics G, Nuclear and Particle Physics vol:38 issue:2 pages:1-17
The first beam of post-accelerated radioactive ions was realized in 1989 at the Louvain-la-Neuve research facility. The method employed two coupled cyclotrons to produce, separate and re-accelerate the species of interest. Several
technological challenges were solved in the process to obtain pure and intense beams for the use in nuclear physics research. Similarly, new techniques were developed and refined for the measurement of the nuclear reactions induced by the radioactive beams. The available energy range made the facility particularly suited for nuclear astrophysics studies, and important results were obtained
in the determination of stellar reaction rates using beams of 7Be, 13N, 18F and 18,19Ne. A beam of 6He ions was extensively used in studies of the nuclear structure (halos, molecular states) and dynamics (the reaction process
at energies around the potential barrier).