Particle physics research

MSU’s new facility for rare isotope beams will accelerate nuclear research

The FRIB at MSU is expected to attract scientists from around the world to study particles that have never been seen before on this planet. // Courtesy of MSU

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), which will open this spring at Michigan State University in East Lansing, is expected to attract scientists from around the world to study atomic particles never before seen on this planet.

FRIB and its activities are already creating many tangible benefits that are expected to grow once the facility is fully operational.

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Science (DOE-SC), MSU, and the State of Michigan invested in the construction of the FRIB. This investment has created jobs and is expected to add $4.4 billion to Michigan’s economy over the next two decades, according to the MSU Center for Economic Analysis.

Experiments at the facility will generate new knowledge about the making of atomic nuclei and the origins of the universe as well as new technologies yet to be imagined for use in a variety of industries.

“The installation of rare isotope beams will be a game-changer, both for science and for the regional economy,” said Dr. Samuel L Stanley Jr., President of MSU. “Building on MSU’s heritage of research and innovation and its world-class nuclear physics graduate program, FRIB offers vast potential for leapfrogging in medicine and other vital areas.

“It will help train the next generation of cutting-edge scientists, bring some of the world’s brightest minds into the community, and create jobs in the knowledge economy through the application of its technologies to improve our daily lives. .

Past discoveries in nuclear science have enabled significant advances in medical technology, such as MRI and PET scanners, smoke detection in homes to keep families safe, and cell phone technology.

FRIB is designed to provide researchers with the tools to create and study thousands of new isotopes, or versions of elements, that can deepen understanding of the universe and generate applications for medicine, nuclear security and life sciences. the environment.

FRIB’s workforce has already shown its skill and courage, completing the 500,000 square foot installation safely on time and on budget during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also built what is believed to be the most powerful particle accelerator of its kind, opening the doors of discovery to a global nuclear science community.

The State of Michigan and the FRIB also work closely with state and regional economic development officials to maximize opportunities for future job creation. Private venture capital companies. have already harnessed the technologies and talent of the Spartan accelerators to develop innovative commercial products for the medical and security industries.