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MSU board approves $35 million for additions to FRIB

During their December 15th meeting, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees voted to approve $35 million in building project funding for additions to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

With construction nearly complete, the university is turning their eyes toward the installation of technical equipment. The additions include a large-scale detector, space for isotope harvesting, and cryogenic space for the operation of equipment hundreds of degrees below zero.

Monies for the High Rigidity Spectrometer and Isotope Harvesting Experimental Vault and the Cryogenic Assembly Building will be allocated from the university’s general fund.

FRIB Laboratory Director Thomas Glasmacher spoke with MSU Today about the importance of the new funding. “We are grateful the board has authorized planning for these building additions that will house research equipment beyond the original FRIB scope and bolster MSU’s nuclear-science research program by expanding FRIB’s discovery potential and enabling isotope harvesting. The projects underscore MSU’s commitment to operating the world’s most powerful rare isotope accelerator, enabling scientists to make discoveries that will lead to breakthroughs in nuclear science and applications benefiting society.”

Once completed, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a research facility for discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society. The facility supports the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC). Funding is provided by the DOE-SC, Michigan State University, and the State of Michigan.

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