SPES is the acronym for “Selective Production of Exotic Species” and represents the future of the laboratory. The project is devoted to basic research in nuclear physics and astrophysics as well as to interdisciplinary applications, ranging from the production of radionuclides of medical interest to the generation of neutrons for material studies, nuclear technologies and medicine.

SPES is the hope of the laboratory as its Latin name implies. In analogy with the four-leaved clover, symbol of SPES, we foresee four phases:


At the heart of SPES: the cyclotron and ISOL target


The acceleration of neutron-rich unstable nuclei


Production of radionuclides for applications


Multidisciplinary neutron sources