Secondary beams of unstable nuclei with kinetic energies of several hundred MeV/u are produced at GSI in fragmentation and fission reactions followed by in‐flight isotope separation. The LAND detector setup is designed for studies of projectile breakup in peripheral collisions induced, e.g., by nucleon knockout or Coulomb dissociation. At present, the experiments focus on deriving spectroscopic information for neutron‐rich isotopes ranging from light nuclei at the drip line to medium‐heavy nuclei; selected aspects and results are discussed.
The exotic nuclear beam facility planned as an integral part of the FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion research) project at GSI promises much improved conditions and allows for novel techniques in experimental investigations of nuclei far away from stability. The perspectives are briefly addressed.
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