INFN Legnaro National Laboratories (INFN-LNL)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics
Viale dell'Università 2, Legnaro, INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Padova, PO: 35020, Veneto (Italy)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1968
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro (LNL), founded in 1961, are one of the four national laboratories of Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN).Accelerator facilities in operation at LNL provide light and heavy-ion beams up to 30 MeV/u. In particular: - Tandem/ALPI: a 15 MV XTU-Tandem (A<90), coupled to the ALPI superconducting booster, delivering heavy-ion beams with energies up to 10 MeV/u. - PIAVE-ALPI superconducting linac: an ECR ion source injects superconducting RFQs and QWRs, delivering ion beams up to approximately 15 MeV/u; - Van de Graaff accelerators AN2000 (2.5 MV) and CN (7.0 MV ) providing light-ion beams for applied, interdisciplinary and biomedical physics. The research fields range from fundamental nuclear physics to accelerator technologies as well as several interdisciplinary activities, in collaboration with researchers from various national and international scientific bodies. Activities in the field of astroparticle physics (gravitational waves) are also in progress.Scientific proposals requiring access to the laboratory facilities undergo a peer review selection based on the scientific merit. The proposal evaluation is carried out by a Program Advisory Committee.

RI Keywords
Radioisotopes, Accelerator science and technology, Nuclear physics, Nuclear and particle astrophysics, Biology and nanodosimetry
RI Category
Nuclear Research Facilities
Scientific Domain
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
User Support

Technical and scientific support for users during experiments - Target laboratory - Detector laboratory - Guest house available for user groups during experiments.


- PRISMA: a large acceptance magnetic spectrometer- EXOTIC: an in-flight exotic beam facility- GARFIELD: a 4p charged particle detector- 8PLP: a 4p light charged particle detector- RIPEN: a multi-detector system for neutron spectroscopy- Micro-beam: a proton micro-beam for Ion Beam Analysis. -GALILEO: a gamma ray detector


- 15 MV XTU-Tandem- Superconducting linac ALPI- Superconducting Injector PIAVE- 7 MV CN Van de Graaff accelerator- 2.5 MV AN2000 Van de Graaff accelerator.