data-ad-slot="2719592406" data-ad-format="auto" data-full-width-responsive="true"> MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams probes atom’s, universe’s secrets – SADREY

At a large, new facility on Michigan State University’s campus, the boundaries of nuclear science are being taken further than they’ve ever gone before. And scientists from around the world are lining up to get involved.

MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, is a three-decade dream. The $730 million facility took almost 14 years to build, and was made possible by a more than $550 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Its first experiments were conducted in May 2022.

FRIB moves stable atoms through a 1,600-foot linear accelerator shaped like a giant paper clip, taking them to half the speed of light to collide with targets and, in a billionth of a trillionth of one second, create rare isotopes almost never seen on Earth.

A ‘dream of the nuclear science community’

These exotic isotopes are increasingly found to have specialized applications for health care, national security and industry. But they are also helping scientists understand fundamental questions about the world around us.

“We are exploring, theoretically, the limits of atoms,” said FRIB Science Director Brad Sherrill.

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