National Research Council names FRIB a priority U.S. nuclear physics program

In its fourth decadal survey of nuclear physics, the National Research Council (NRC) outlines the impressive accomplishments of the field in the last decade and recommends a long-term strategy for the future including as its first recommendation "the timely completion of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and the initiation of its physics program."

The report, available from The National Academies Press, reaffirms the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee's 2007 five-year plan.

The report was released publicly today with two videos prepared in conjunction with the report to illustrate several of its main ideas.  The videos articulate the scientific rationale and objectives for nuclear physics, placing near-term goals in a broader international context.

The videos can be found by visiting the National Academies of Science’s Board on Physics and Astronomy’s webpage at