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Federal isotope beam facility (aka FRIB) comes to Michigan State December 11, 2008

Posted by apetrov in Funny, Near Physics, Physics, Science.

It has been announced today that DOE chose Michigan State University site as the future location of the new Radioactive Beam facility. Argonne National Lab is on the loosing side of this decision. This facility should provide some boost for the Big Three … not the automakers, but The Big Three Universities (or University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University as they are known to the rest of the US).

I actually don’t know how exactly it will benefit our Department. Maybe we’ll get a couple of new faculty lines associated with the facility just 70 miles away… but who knows what’d happen in the current financial situation. Maybe Michigan government finally decides to do a responsible thing and NOT cut funding for state Universities, as has been done year after year… So here is an essential part of official announcement:


WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, MI has been selected to design and establish the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a cutting-edge research facility to advance understanding of rare nuclear isotopes and the evolution of the cosmos. The new facility-expected to take about a decade to design and build and to cost an estimated $550 million-will provide research opportunities for an international community of approximately 1000 university and laboratory scientists, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students.

“The Department of Energy’s new Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University promises to vastly expand our understanding of nuclear astrophysics and nuclear structure,” said Acting Associate

Director of the Office of Science for Nuclear Physics Eugene Henry. “This capability will allow physicists to study the nuclear reactions that power stars and stellar explosions, explore the structure of the nuclei of atoms and the forces that bind them together, test current theories about the fundamental nature of matter, and play a role in developing new nuclear medicines and techniques.”


Alternatively, you can read an article in Crain’s Detroit Business about that.


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