VITO setup

VITO (Versatile Ion polarisation Technique Online) is a permanent beamline at the ISOLDE facility devoted to versatile studies with laser-polarised radioactive beams. The research at VITO is centered around the details of the weak force, properties of short-lived unstable nuclei and their role in nucleosynthesis, and even chemistry and biology. Material studies will be added soon. The setup for spin polarisation can be coupled to several end stations. One of them is devoted to Nuclear Magnetic Resonance on unstable nuclei, which is a billion times more sensitive than conventional NMR, and is now used to study the interaction of metal ions with biomolecules. Soon, a new setup will be also added to VITO, devoted to beta, gamma, and neutron emission of polarised nuclei.