FRIB In the News

We just measured the world's heaviest atom, and it's even weirder than expected

, Science Alert

Oganesson (Og) is the heaviest chemical element in the periodic table, but its properties have proved difficult to measure since it was first synthesised in 2002. Now an advanced computer simulation has filled in some of the gaps, and it turns out the element is even weirder than many expected.

Oganesson, noble but not a gas

, Fox 47 News

Scientists (including Peter Schwerdtfeger of the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study and Witold Nazarewicz of Michigan State University) have been involved in calculating the structure of oganesson, a relatively new element which has proved elusive to study.

MSU establishes cryogenic initiative at FRIB

, Cold Facts

FRIB’s state-of-the-art cryogenic infrastructure is accessible to MSU’s engineering and physics programs, providing a wide range of opportunities for students interested in many aspects of cryogenic engineering.

Michigan State plans $35 million in additional technology, new building for FRIB

, Lansing State Journal

MSU is planning to invest an additional $35 million in FRIB to maximize the facility's potential as a world-leading research facility. MSU's board approved the start of planning for a project that would add a new building. The project would also include the addition of a high-rigidity spectrometer.

An earthly search for gold's cosmic origins

, Science

Astronomers wowed the world when they announced that they had seen two neutron stars merge, apparently creating heavy elements such as gold and platinum and spewing them into space. Nuclear physicists at MSU also cheered the find.