US Department of Energy Office of Science awards $115M for project at MSU’s FRIB
EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - $115 million was awarded to a project at Michigan State University’s (MSU) Facility for Rare Isotope Beams or FRIB.
MSU said the HRS instrument will enable scientists to characterize the properties of isotopes that are created in rare-isotope reactions, which occur at half the speed of light.
The new cooperative agreement from DOE-SC provides $115,306,881 over seven years to establish and operate HRS and support 500 scientists planning to use HRS.
The 2015 Nuclear Science Advisory Committee Long Range Plan identified HRS as a key instrument for FRIB.
“With near 100% efficiency, HRS will transmit isotopes that are traveling at velocities for which the rare-isotope production rate is optimal. In addition, at the higher velocities, the foils in the rare-isotope production target — in which reactions between isotopes take place — can be much thicker, greatly increasing the chances that a desired isotope reaction will occur. The combined effects of a higher rare-isotope beam intensity and the use of thicker target foils will greatly increase the sensitivity of the scientific program at FRIB.”
The DOE-SC awarded $529 million over five years to operate FRIB as a DOE-SC user facility.
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