The ALTO research platform gathers two accelerators that are unique in France: a 15 MV Tandem-type electrostatic accelerator for stable beams from proton to aggregates, and a electron linear accelerator for the production of radioactive beams by photofission. These machines are surrounded by a large variety of experimental devices on 10 lines of physics. The diversity of the beams produced allows one to carry out studies in nuclear physics, astrophysics and multidisciplinary studies. The accelerators operate 4000 hours per year for 30 experiments per year. ALTO hosts teams representing 250 researchers from all horizons and it operates 24/7. ALTO has unique specificities: it provides rare energetic beams such as 3He and 14C, which is unique in France, and it is also the only installation in the world delivering beams that are rich in low-energy neutrons coming from uranium photofission.
A UNIQUE FACILITY WITH VARIOUS PARTICLE BEAMS:
- Stable light or heavy ions beams
- Radioactive beams
- Aggregate beams
- Neutron beams