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OSCAR - New Generation Scintillator Detectors for Nuclear Research in Norway

About the project

This is a National Infrastructure project funded by The Research Council of Norway, to build a new detector array based on LaBr3(Ce) scintillator crystals to be hosted by the Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory (OCL). The new infrastructure will lead to a unique facility, which will enable the nuclear physics program at OCL to remain competitive on the highest level for many years to come.

The new infrastructure will allow not only the continuation of the existing research program but a significant expansion due to the superior energy resolution of LaBr3(Ce) detectors, which will make it possible for the first time to perform spectroscopy of discrete energy levels at OCL. This new quality offers the possibility to perform an entirely new class of experiments.

The new infrastructure will help to attract the best students and more international researchers to OCL. ln addition, the possibility to use Norwegian LaBr3 detectors in campaigns at international facilities such as CERN-ISOLDE offers new and unique possibilities to complement the scientific program at OCL with radioactive—beam experiments, further increasing the Visibility of Norwegian research in nuclear physics. There is also a strong interest in LaBr3 detector technology from the nuclear medicine, nuclear energy, and nuclear safety communities, providing opportunities for cooperation with applied researchers and industry.


  • Establish a unique scientific infrastructure in the world that ensures the competitiveness of OCL at the highest level for many years to come.
  • Build a new scintillation detector array with high resolution and efficiency that allows new classes of experiments to be performed at the Oslo Cyclotron.
  • Investigate industrial applications, based on gamma detection, especially for the petroleum industry, using the LaBr3 detectors.

Secondary objectives:

  • Attract the best students and more international researchers to the Oslo Cyclotron.


The Research Council of Norway


Department of Physics, University of Oslo 

Institute for Energy Technology

Published Oct. 26, 2017 1:27 PM - Last modified Feb. 22, 2020 11:32 AM