Scientific user facility

Michigan State University is establishing the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) as a scientific user facility for the Office of Nuclear Physics in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC). A user facility is a federally sponsored research facility available for external use to advance scientific or technical knowledge under the following conditions:

  • The facility is open to all interested potential users without regard to nationality or institutional affiliation.

  • Allocation of facility resources is determined by merit review of the proposed work.

  • User fees are not charged for non-proprietary work if the user intends to publish the research results in the open literature. Full cost recovery is required for proprietary work.

  • The facility provides resources sufficient for users to conduct work safely and efficiently.

  • The facility supports a formal user organization to represent the users and facilitate sharing of information, forming collaborations, and organizing research efforts among users.

  • The facility capability does not compete with an available private sector capability.

FRIB is funded by the DOE-SC, MSU and the State of Michigan. Supporting the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics in DOE-SC, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security, and industry.

FRIB Laboratory

Under construction now on the campus of Michigan State University, the FRIB Project is part of the FRIB Laboratory, the equivalent of a college, within MSU. The FRIB Laboratory is comprised of the FRIB Project and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). The FRIB Laboratory aspires to become the world’s leading laboratory for education and research in rare isotope science, in accelerator science, and in applications of rare isotopes to meet societal needs. To realize this vison, the FRIB Laboratory builds on the expertise and the achievements of NSCL as it establishes FRIB, which will extend the frontier of nuclear science through unprecedented discovery potential.

Related entities

Key to the establishment and successful operation of FRIB are three additional entities that operate in conjunction with the FRIB Project.

  • The FRIB Theory Alliance (FRIB-TA) is a coalition of scientists from universities and national laboratories working to introduce a variety of programs that strengthen FRIB-related theory nationwide.

  • The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics - Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) is a unique cross-disciplinary research network that enables rapid communication and coordination across field boundaries and connects new research.

  • The Separator for Capture Reactions (SECAR) is a project being realized by a collaborative team of nuclear astrophysics groups from universities and national laboratories. SECAR will be a recoil separator at FRIB, optimized for measurements of low-energy capture reactions of importance for nuclear astrophysics. JINA-CEE is leading the design effort for SECAR at FRIB.