Missions of the laboratory

 
  • STUDYING THE STRONG AND WEAK INTERACTIONS IN THE ATOMIC NUCLEUS USING ISOTOPES WITH AN UNUSUAL RATIO OF PROTON TO NEUTRONS

  • STUDYING ELECTRONIC, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF LOW-DIMENSIONAL SYSTEMS USING HYPERFINE INTERACTIONS AND (RADIOACTIVE) ION BEAMS

  • DEVELOPING NEW OPPORTUNITIES WITH RADIOACTIVE ION BEAMS IN THE MEDICAL SECTOR

         

ACTIONS

Fundamental Research:

• Decay and laser spectroscopy of radioactive isotopes
• Nuclear reactions with radioactive ion beams (Coulomb excitation and transfer reactions)
• Search for the neutron electric dipole moment and study of weak interaction properties
• Hyperfi ne and emission channeling studies of materials with radioactive ion beams
• Complementary material characterization with non-radioactive methods

 

Applied Research:

• Visualization of super sonic gas jets from a gas cell
• Detector electronics development: in cryogenic environments, in high-magnetic field environment
• Ion source developments for radioactive ion beam production
• Development of alkali-based magnetometers
• Material research for radioactive ion beam production and electronics applications

Innovation activities:

• Characterization of new detector materials
• Radioisotope production for pre-clinical studies within the MEDICIS Collaboration
• New materials and characterization techniques for micro-electronics at IMEC

 

Services:

• Characterization of super sonic gas jets
• Expertise in ion implantation and ionbeam analysis (RBS, PIXE, NRA) for materials
• Mossbauer analysis in collaboration with researchers from geology, surface chemistry, catalysis, food science
• Advising role to the Belgian Federal Agency for Nuclear Control
• Determination of naturally occurring activity in construction materials
• Measurement of naturally occurring radioisotopes for earth science (erosion, sedimentation,…)

KEY DATA (2016)

Staff: 9 academic members, 14 supporting administrative and technical staff, 45 research staff (post-docs & PhDs)

• Available Beams: light ions up to 5.1 MeV; stable isotopes for surface material studies up to 200 keV. More information: https://fys.kuleuven.be/iks/nvsf/experimental-facilities

• Scientific Production: an average of 90 scientific reviewed publications and 4 PhD graduates per year

 

Developmental projects:

2 ERC (HELIOS, SpecMAT), 3 Big Science projects (HIE-ISOLDE, SPIRAL2, ESRF), 1 HERCULES (Atomic Probe Tomography at the KU Leuven Nanocenter). Local infrastructures: HELIOS, miniBETA, SpecMAT, magnetometry laboratory, Ion and Molecular Beam Laboratory, Atom Probe Tomography. IKS celebrated 50 years of excellence in 2016.
A PhD student (Koen Van Stiphout) in the IMBL
© Layla Aerts
www.layaaerts.be
Characterization of a supersonic gas jet under different conditions via the PLIF technique
Rozwiń

Prof Thomas Elias COCOLIOS
mail: thomas.cocolios@kuleuven.be

Contact:

KU Leuven
Institute of Nuclear & Radiation Physics (IKS)
Celestijnenlaan 200D
3001 Leuven - BELGIUM