ISOL@MYRRHA: Fundamental physics at MYRRHA

SCK•CEN is actively working on designing, developing and realizing a multifunctional research installation in Mol. MYRRHA is an innovative accelerator driven system that consists of a subcritical nuclear reactor driven by a high-power proton accelerator (600 MeV, 4 mA).

In 2008 the idea was proposed to use part of the proton beam to produce intense high purity radioactive ion beams: ISOL@MYRRHA. These radioactive ion beams (RIBs), will be used for fundamental and applied research in various fields of science including nuclear, atomic and solid state physics, fundamental interactions and medical physics. ISOL@MYRRHA will mainly focus on experimental programs needing long beam times in order to achieve sufficiently-high statistics in precision experiments or to hunt for very rare phenomena. The availability of long uninterrupted beam times and the unique reliability of the high-intensity MYRRHA accelerator will make such programs possible.

In 2018 the Belgian government decided to support the construction and exploitation of the first phase of the MYRRHA project, as well as the further development of subsequent phases. Phase I comprises a single-injector 4-mA 100-MeV LINAC and a proton target facility (PTF). In this PTF an ISOL target station will be implemented. The construction of this ISOL target station, with all required infrastructure will mark the starting point of the realization of ISOL@MYRRHA: ISOL@MYRRHA phase I.

The applications catalogue for ISOL@MYRRHA was revised to comply with the RIBs produced in the first phase of the project at the 100-MeV high-intensity proton accelerator.

Figure: Overview of the phased approach of the MYRRHA-project.

More information on the MYRRHA-project can be found on the MYRRHA website.