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MSU Research History: Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

Artist's rendering of FRIB building

2008 – The U.S. Department of Energy selects Michigan State University to design and establish the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a $730 million facility that will advance understanding of rare nuclear isotopes and the evolution of the cosmos.

When it is completed in 2022, the FRIB will be a national user facility for nuclear science that will provide researchers with intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). A better understanding of the properties of these rare isotopes will lead to a better understanding of the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, and other fundamental interactions.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Fact Sheet 12.11.08

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