Science with the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
Michigan State University
A quest of experimental nuclear science is to gain access to all possible combinations of neutrons and protons that can form an atom. Certain combinations highlight particular aspects of the nuclear many body problem, and provide the insight needed to develop nuclear theory. The overarching scientific goal is to develop comprehensive models of nuclei and nuclear interactions, and relate these to their underlying QCD fundamentals. A dramatic next step for the field will be the construction of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. When completed by 2020, it will produce most of the astrophysically interesting isotopes needed to understand element formation in the universe, and allow specific, key measurements of nuclear properties needed for progress in nuclear theory. The talk will provide an overview of the facility and its science. The advances in accelerator science and engineering that make a next generation facility like FRIB possible will be highlighted.