The Lund-York-Cologne Calorimeter (LYCCA): Concept, Design and Prototype Developments for a FAIR-NUSTAR Detector System to Discriminate Relativistic Heavy-ion Reaction Products

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The concept, design and prototype developments for the Lund-York-Cologne CAlorimeter (LYCCA) is presented. LYCCA is a modular device for the NUclear STructure, Astrophysics and Reactions (NUSTAR) science pillar of the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) at Darmstadt, Germany. LYCCA is designed to discriminate heavy ions produced in nuclear reactions induced by relativistic radioactive ion beams. Measurements of energy loss, total energy, and time-of-flight allow the derivation of proton number, Z, and mass number, A, of the reaction products. LYCCA-inherent tracking of the flight paths of the reaction products enables coincident High-resolution in-beam gamma-ray SPECtroscopy (HISPEC) of atomic nuclei far from the line of beta-stability. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


  • A. Wendt
  • L. Scruton
  • J. Taprogge
  • P. Reiter
  • M. A. Bentley
  • Vladimir Avdeichikov
  • P. Boutachkov
  • S. P. Fox
  • J. Gerl
  • Ch. Goergen
  • Robert Hoischen
  • N. Kurz
  • B. S. Nara Singh
  • G. Pascovici
  • S. Pietri
  • H. Schaffner
  • M. J. Taylor
  • S. Thiel
  • H. J. Wollersheim
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  • Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation


  • Relativistic heavy ions, Nuclear structure, Time of flight, Energy loss, Total energy, A and Z identification
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-66
JournalNuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch

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