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Accelerating Into the Future: The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

Dozens of feet below the surface of the Michigan State University campus, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams is taking shape as the world’s most powerful rare isotope accelerator.

This gigantic discovery machine will power next-generation nuclear science experiments exploring rare isotopes—the forms of elements not normally found in nature. In fact, FRIB will provide researchers with more than 1,000 rare isotopes never before produced on Earth.

MSU was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science to build and operate the $730 million scientific user facility that spans nearly 500,000 square feet. Since 1958, MSU has been at the forefront of nuclear science research with the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, and today the university is home to the nation’s No. 1 nuclear physics graduate program.

When it’s operational in 2022, FRIB will power discoveries, develop applications for society and educate the next generation of nuclear scientists who will advance the benefits of rare isotope science for generations to come.

For more, visit frib.msu.edu.


Learn how researchers at MSU are hoping to utilize FRIB’s rare isotopes in other disciplines in this series of short videos.


Story and video via MSU Today, credit MSU Communications and Brand Strategy

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