FRIB hosts visitors from U.S. and French government science agencies

On 31 August, FRIB hosted visitors from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Office of Nuclear Physics in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC NP).

CNRS visitors included Director of the National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3) Reynald Pain; IN2P3 Deputy Director Berrie Giebels, IN2P3 Scientific Director of Nuclear Physics and Applications Marcella Grasso; IN2P3 Scientific Director of Accelerators, Detector Research & Development and Technologies Arnaud Lucotte; IN2P3 Scientific Director of Particle and Hadronic Physics Laurent Vacavant.

DOE-SC NP visitors included DOE Associate Director for Nuclear Physics of the Office of Science Timothy J. Hallman, International Cooperation and Outreach Program Manager Michael Famiano, and Latifa Elouadrhiri, detailee assigned to International Cooperation and Outreach.

FRIB Laboratory Director Thomas Glasmacher, FRIB Scientific Director Bradley M. Sherrill, Experimental Systems Division Director Georg Bollen, Accelerator Systems Division Director Jie Wei, FRIB Theory Alliance Managing Director Filomena Nunes, Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics – Center for the Evolution of the Elements Director Hendrik Schatz, and Associate Director for Accelerator Physics Peter Ostroumov hosted the DOE and CNRS guests during their visit. The group took a tour of the facility and discussed FRIB’s history, progress, science, and technology along the way.

Michigan State University (MSU) operates the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) as a user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), supporting the mission of the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. Hosting what is designed to be the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, FRIB enables scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security and industry.

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