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Industrial applications of the beam

Short overview for industrial applications


GANIL is an interdisciplinary large-scale facility for French and European communities. Its main goal is to furnish heavy ion beams for fundamental researches in nuclear physics and interdisciplinary researches in atomic and molecular physics. Nevertheless, these beams are also available under certain conditions for applied physics and industrial applications. Another laboratory, the CIRIL (part of the CIMAP, dedicated to the research with GANIL beams), is located on the Campus Jules Horowitz, very closed to the GANIL, and these two laboratories are working together to promote these utilizations of the GANIL beam.


All irradiation places are usable for feasibility and tests, while the cave G4, with its beam line G41, is equipped for industrial usage, in two main domains:


Available beams


A wide variety of beams are available at GANIL; the next picture shows the different LET possibilities which can be reached at GANIL, vs energy range.


ganil beams


The most commonly used beams for industrial applications are Krypton (10.5 MeV/u), Xenon (7.6 MeV/u,; 35 MeV/u; 50 MeV/u) and Lead (29 MeV/u); but every GANIL beam can be used in the cave  G4.


Energy range capabilities


Four energy ranges are available at GANIL for different types of applications. The corresponding irradiation chambers or devices are available in different buildings or caves:


very low energyARIBE (Hall D)up to 30 keV/u
low energyIRRSUD0,3-1 MeV/u
medium energyCave D1 or Cave G44-13 MeV/u
high energyCave D1 or Cave G424-95 MeV/u



Experimental areas layout



Beam schedule for industrial applications


The demand for GANIL beams is very high. For research, every project is submitted to Program Advisory Council (PAC), which meets twice a year. Nevertheless, such a procedure couldn't satisfy the needs of the industrial users. A solution was choosen in 2002: the beam schedule at GANIL is splitted in four runs. A time slot is then reserved in each of these runs for industrial applications. The choice of the dates is made in collaboration between users and GANIL beam coordinator.


The construction of our accelerator project SPIRAL2 is going on: the installation of the superconducting linear accelerator is going on, and a first proton beam was accelerated by the Radiofrequency Quadrupole at  0,75 MeV energy and with a 5 mA intensity  (100% transmission) in december 2016.


spiral2 oct 2013


Therefore, during these years of commissionning of SPIRAL2 accelerator, we have a special beam schedule.

  • In 2015, two running periods were scheduled
  • In 2016, two running periods are been scheduled


The  beamschedule for industrial applications in 2015 was:

Run 1March 23rd - 26th 2015136Xe 50 MeV/A electronic componant tests fully allocated
Run 2 June 2015 136Xe 50 MeV/A electronic componants tests fully allocated
Run 2 July 2015 78Kr 10 MeV/A microporous membranes fully allocated



 The beam schedule for industrial applications in 2016 is:

Run 1April 25th - 29th 201678Kr 10 MeV/Amicroporous membranesfully allocated
Run 2July 2016136Xe 50 MeV/Aelectronic componants tests7 UTs available



For further information, please, send an e-mail to Technology Transfer Office


Access conditions for industrial applications


Access to the accelerator complex and experimental areas is restricted.

Consequently you are requested to ensure that all the members of your collaboration are authorized to work in a radiation environment as attested to by a medical certificate (the certificate, not older than 12 months, must state that there are no contra-indications against working under ionising radiations).

Every people must have a passive dosimeter, furnished by his employer.

An active (electronic) dosimeter and an access card will be furnished by GANIL for the time of the experiment, if the two above conditions are Ok.


For further information, please, send an e-mail to Technology Transfer Office


Financial conditions, quotations


GANIL beam schedule is divided in "Unit of Time" (UT), of eight hours. It is the smallest time slot which can be allocated. The hourly price of the beam access is re-evaluated every year (energy, fluids, manpower...).

For each industrial run, a fixed price contract of one UT is invoiced for beam preparation and calibration. If a energy change is required,the corresponding time will be invoiced.

A quotation is sent to the customer; the signed form must be returned two months before the beam time.


For further information, please, send an e-mail to Technology Transfer Office


Last update: January 27th, 2016


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