As the top nuclear physics program in the nation, MSU educates about 10 percent of the nation’s nuclear science doctorate degrees. The advances made possible by the FRIB will only further the Lansing region’s prowess in accelerator technology. The FRIB will be the most powerful rare isotope beam facility in the world upon its completion. It will more than double the research opportunities in the nuclear physics field, allowing over 1,000 new rare isotopes to be produced. Experimentation with these new isotopes will likely lead to critical discoveries in key areas such as nuclear medicine and national security.
The MSU Radiology Department
MSU Radiology offers state-of-the-art equipment, with access to seven Clinical MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) including two 3T (Tesla) and one open-magnet, two PET-CT’s (positron emission tomography - computerized tomography), a cyclotron, and CT*. MSU Radiology also has full general diagnostic imaging capabilities with digital mammography, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, DEXA, and interventional services.
*CT scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images, or slices, of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more detailed information than traditional X-rays do. MRI’s do not utilize x-rays.
Preparing our local students with these cutting edge technologies will lead to better careers for them, better lives for us, and more support for the accelerator industry that we are building here in Lansing. Companies outside of the region will recognize the talent produced through MSU programs, and will have even more incentive to relocate or expand operations to Michigan’s capital.
Nexus of Academia and Industry
MSU’s FRIB is multi-faceted in its ability to impact the Lansing area, it has significant value to academic researchers and those with commercial interests. The FRIB Project Team is establishing the facility as a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science scientific user facility for research with rare isotopes. It will be open to researchers from around the world based on the merit of their proposals. With a community of approximately 1,400 scientists, postdoctoral research associates, and graduate students from universities, national laboratories, and industry, it is anticipated that 400 to 500 users will be active at the facility each year.
For more information on the research application process visit the official FRIB webpage.