A summary of the HYDE project

The idea behind the reaction studies performed at the GSI Low Energy Branch is to produce low energy beams of drip line nuclei of haf lives down to microsecond, not available at present/nearest future Radioactive Beam Facilities in Europe. Such studies should provide angular distributions of elastic, transfer and fusion reactions, providing complementary tests for B(E ) values, quadrupole deformations, collective phenomena and nucleon-nucleon correlations at the border lines of nuclear stability.

The proposed experimental set-up will make use of an specific hybrid detector array (gas + solid state detectors) to be developed in nearest future. The proposed design should fit the experimental conditions that will be imposed by the beam properties in the Low Energy Branch of the future GSI facility. So one of the specific goals will be the developing an specific array, named the Low Energy Branch - HYbrid DEtector BALL array.

To meet the needs imposed by the physics involved in such a study, the LEB-HIDE BALL detector array will incorporate both gas detectors and very compact and highly segmented solid state detectors. The type of detector will depend on the results of the R&D stage of the project. In the simplest conceptual design, it should be based on the Double-Sided Silicon Strip Detector (DSSSD) technology. These devices have successfully been used by nuclear physics groups in last few years.

The HYDE detector is foreseen to be used in combination with other detectors like AGATA and the NEUTRON array at LEB. Therefore a modular/handy design should be implemented to fulfill these requirements.

HYDE detector should also be able to be used in other existing Low Energy RIB facilities, like SPIRAL-II. Common developments are carried out together with the Reactions Dynamics Array and the FAZIA collaboration.