Welcome to LUNA - Padova

Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics

The Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics (LUNA) is a nuclear astrophysics experiment running at the INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) Gran Sasso National Laboratories.

The aim of the experiment is to measure directly the cross sections of the most important fusion reactions for stellar hydrogen burning and nucleosynthesis as well as Big Bang nucleoynthesis at astrophysical temperatures (below or near the Gamow peak, at a few tens of keV). To achieve this goal, two high current accelerators have been installed in the undergound Gran Sasso laboratory: a 50 kV accelerator equipped with a windowless gas target and a 400 kV machine equipped with a solid target beam line and a windowless gas target.

About LUNA

Short description of the LUNA experiment

Ongoing measurements

See what is going on at LUNA


Find out more about the LUNA MV project

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