2021 FRIB In the News

Rate of nuclear reaction in exploding stars

, Phys.org

New research by the University of Surrey's Nuclear Physics Group has shown that it's possible to mimic excited quantum states with exotic nuclei, opening up a host of opportunities for next generation radioactive beam facilities, such as the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

Glancing into a nuclear mirror: The fate of aluminum-26 in stars

, Newswise

Scientists explore the origin of aluminum-26 in stars with a nuclear reaction that exploits the fact that neutrons and protons are stunningly similar. Scientists from the University of Surrey and the FRIB Laboratory at MSU teamed up to explore the origin of aluminum-26.

Why are theorists excited about exotic nuclei?

, Physics Today

Filomena Nunes, managing director of the FRIB Theory Alliance, discusses how the limits of nuclear stability provide deep insights into the fundamental force responsible for the presence of matter. Exotic nuclei are created, if only for an instant. A major ambition of our generation is to understand where and how heavy matter forms. Exotic neutron-rich nuclei are an essential piece of that puzzle.

The beams at the edge of physics

, Physics World

Creating a new cutting-edge accelerator isn’t cheap or easy. But the upcoming Facility for Rare Isotope Beams in Michigan promises great things for nuclear physicists, especially those with applications in mind.

Stable nickel-64 nuclei take three distinct shapes

, Newswise

Scientists have identified three distinct shapes in stable nickel-64, a stable isotope of nickel. This discovery increases the predictive power of such nuclear structure calculations for nuclei that can only be reached at next-generation rare-isotope facilities such as the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.