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Radio Frequency Fragment Separator

Senior physicist Daniel Bazin adjusts the radio frequency fragment separator at the NSCL at MSU

Senior physicist Daniel Bazin adjusts the radio frequency fragment separator at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) at Michigan State University (MSU). The new equipment, which was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), has allowed MSU researchers to make first-of-its-kind measurements of several rare nuclei, one of which has been termed a "holy grail" of experimental nuclear physics. The discoveries, which were made at NSCL using an isotope purification device, will help to refine theoretical models about how elements are created in the cosmos, something that until now has been beyond the technical reach of nearly all of the world's nuclear science facilities.

To learn more, see the MSU news story MSU Researcher Nabs "Doubly Magic" Tin Isotope. (Date of Image: December 2008)

Credit: Greg Kohuth, MSF

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