2019 FRIB In the News

Neutron dripline extended to fluorine and neon isotopes

, Physics World

The maximum number of neutrons that can be packed into fluorine and neon isotopes have been determined by nuclear physicists working on an experiment in Japan. These are the first new measurements of the neutron dripline in 20 years and could provide physicists with important information about how to model the atomic nucleus.

Video: What lies at the end of the periodic table?

, Chemical & Engineering News

FRIB Chief Scientist Witek Nazarewicz is featured in a “Speaking of Chemistry” video that explores how scientists are working with elements at the end of the periodic table to perform superheavy chemistry.

Observing exotic radioactive decay process

, ScienceDaily

Researchers have observed a rare nuclear decay. Namely, the team measured low-kinetic-energy protons emitted after the beta decay of a neutron-rich nucleus beryllium-11.

Researchers observe exotic radioactive decay process

, PHYS.org

Researchers from the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) at Michigan State University (MSU) and TRIUMF (Canada's national particle accelerator) have observed a rare nuclear decay. Namely, the team measured low-kinetic-energy protons emitted after the beta decay of a neutron-rich nucleus beryllium-11.

FRIB featured in news from around our 50 states

, USA Today

The director of Michigan State University’s $765 million nuclear research facility says it should open in 2021. The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams will be used to study the short-lived particles produced as charged beams collide with a target.

Why are these extremely light calcium isotopes so small?

, Newswise

Nuclear physicists measured the radii of three calcium isotopes, rich in proton content, for the first time. They obtained the measurements using a laser spectroscopy technique at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at MSU.

Predicting the existence of heavy nuclei using machine learning

, Phys.org

A collaboration between FRIB and the Department of Statistics and Probability at MSU estimated the boundaries of nuclear existence by applying statistical analysis to nuclear models, and assessed the impact of current and future FRIB experiments.