MSU’s RIA Breakthrough

By: Jeremy Ross
By: Jeremy Ross

Michigan State University’s chances of winning the federal Rare Isotope Accelerator project (RIA) improve due to a professor’s breakthrough in cost cutting and innovation.

Scientists need to accelerate isotopes to discover the most basic building blocks of life.

Discoveries could lead to medical advancements amongst other finds.

Terry Grimm, Senior Physicist at MSU, is in the final testing stages of his Linear Accelerator. A next generation isotope accelerator that makes the RIA project a reality.

He says his accelerator cuts the needed amount of electricity to accelerate mass amounts of isotopes.

Those savings in electricity could make MSU a more desirable location for the RIA project.


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