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MSU Research History: National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory

1961 – the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) funds construction of the K50 cyclotron at Michigan State University, which became the world’s first high-resolution, isochronous cyclotron.

According to the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, its primary goal is to “unravel the mysteries that reside at the center of atoms, in atomic nuclei… The physics of unstable isotopes and the reactions they undergo are very important for understanding the nature of stars and their evolution from birth to often cataclysmic death. Such understanding is, in turn, very important to understanding the abundances of isotopes that formed our solar system and ultimately led to life on earth.”

For more about the history of nuclear science at MSU, visit the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory website.

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