A unique type of apparatus is currently under construction as part of an upgrade to the radioactive ion beam facility at the University of Notre Dame Nuclear Structure Laboratory. The device will consist of a pair of large in-line superconducting solenoids (B0 = 6 tesla,B0=6tesla, bore=30 cmbore=30cm) which will be used to produce, collect, transport, focus and analyze both stable and radioactive nuclear beams. This apparatus in conjunction with the recently upgraded accelerators at Notre Dame is especially well suited for the production and utilization of intense (viz. >106/sec>106/sec), low-energy (1–10 MeV/u), stable and radioactive nuclear beams relevant to the study of reactions involved in astrophysical processes. These improvements will allow for the production of radioactive beams of greater intensity, higher purity and at both higher and lower energies than previously available at this facility. The first phase of construction and results of initial tests will be reported. © 1997 American Institute of Physics
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