Experimental nuclear physics

Experimental nuclear physics opportunities at FRIB

Experimental nuclear physicists explore fundamental questions about atomic nuclei, including their origins in the cosmos and the limits of their existence, finding answers by conducting complex experiments. 

FRIB at Michigan State University is a world-class research, teaching, and training center, home to what is designed to be the most powerful rare isotope accelerator on Earth. FRIB enables scientists to venture beyond what is known to make exciting new discoveries.

Explore opportunities in nuclear science with FRIB

Students who are interested in nuclear physics and who want to learn more about the exciting world of experimental nuclear physics can delve into the research at FRIB.

Exploring exotic nuclei

At the forefront of nuclear science research is the study of rare isotopes, which have large excesses of protons or neutrons and are highly unstable. With the help of accelerators like that at FRIB, experimental groups can produce these exotic isotopes and conduct a wide range of experiments to study their properties and interactions.

Experimental nuclear physics

Experimental nuclear physics aims to answer fundamental questions about the nature of atomic nuclei, their formation in the cosmos, and the evolution of their structure. Some experiments conducted at FRIB focus on discovering the existence of a specific isotope, while others aim to study the decay or measure the mass of nuclei. With access to a vast new landscape of isotopes for study, FRIB researchers will reveal many properties of rare isotopes and guide nuclear science toward a comprehensive understanding of atomic nuclei and the interactions that govern them.

Nuclear data evaluation effort

The nuclear data evaluation effort at FRIB provides current, accurate, authoritative data for workers in pure and applied areas of nuclear science and engineering, aiming to address gaps in the available body of data through targeted experimental studies and the use of theoretical models.