Open House at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and NSCL at Michigan State University

Location: Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University
Address: 640 South Shaw Lane Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
Times: 11:00 - 5:00
Admission: free
Contact: Karen King
(517) 908-7801
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The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) at Michigan State University are hosting a public open house from 11:00 am to 5pm on Saturday, August 18.

At this "Rare Access” event, attendees can tour FRIB and the experimental areas in NSCL that will be used in FRIB experiments.

So come out for the tours, learn more about FRIB and NSCL, meet nuclear scientists and hear about their work on the frontiers of rare-isotope research and participate in several hands-on activities and demonstrations the whole family can enjoy and learn from.

FRIB is the $730 million dollar nuclear science facility under construction on campus now. NSCL is currently America’s premier rare isotope facility, providing beams of rare isotopes (which are short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). When complete in 2022, FRIB will expand the research potential of NSCL, providing researchers more than 1,000 new rare isotopes never before produced on Earth.

How will it work? Well, a heavy ion beam will be accelerated up to half the speed of light down a 570-foot tunnel and smashed into a target. The collision of the beam on the target will create the sought-after rare isotopes, which will advance to experimental areas to be studied.

In addition to advances in basic science, studying these rare isotopes and their behavior will expand our knowledge in areas such as medicine and homeland security, as well as provide answers to questions we have even yet to conceive.


August 18, 2018
Location: 640 South Shaw Lane, Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University, MI
Phone: (517) 908-7801
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price: free

Open House at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and NSCL at Michigan State University
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