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LUNA experiment is a nuclear astrophysics experiment running at the INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso.

The aim of the experiment is to measure the cross sections of the most important fusion reactions of the p-p chain and of the CNO cycle at solar energies (below or near the Gamow peak, at a few tens of keV). To achieve this goal, a high current 50 kVolt accelerator equipped with a windowless gas target has been installed in the undergound Gran Sasso laboratory and a new 400 kVolt machine is fully operating since 2001.

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