Breaking News

January 2017

Exotic Beam Summer School EBSS2017, to be held at ANL July 23-29, 2017

The 2017 Exotic Beam Summer School (EBSS) will be held at the Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, from Sunday July 23 through Saturday July 29, 2017. Please pass on this announcement to interested students and young researchers. As in previous years, the number of attendees will be limited to around 40-45 participants who will be selected from the pool of applicants. The school is intended for graduate students, but senior undergraduates and junior postdoctoral researchers will also be considered.

This will be sixteenth in the series of annual summer schools devoted to the exciting developments in the study of exotic nuclei. The school is jointly organized by ANL, LBNL, LLNL, NSCL/MSU, ORNL and ARUNA. Development of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) continues apace and FRIB, along with other existing and planned exotic beam facilities around the world, will present wonderful opportunities for future discoveries and technical innovations. The school is intended to introduce students and young researchers to the various facets of the science of exotic nuclei including nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions and the application of nuclear science and technology in the modern world.

The format of the school is unique; in the morning, students will participate in lectures by leading researchers in the various fields of nuclear physics. In the afternoons, there will be hands-on activities, geared towards introducing fundamental techniques and methods in the production, detection, and investigation of exotic nuclei. The ATLAS facility will provide an excellent opportunity for hands-on experience to the school participants. More details will be available at http://www.phy.anl.gov/ebss2017. The call for applications will be made soon.

EBSS Board of Directors: Jacklyn Gates (LBNL), Hiro Iwasaki (NSCL/MSU), Krzysztof Rykaczewski (ORNL), Dariusz Seweryniak (ANL, local organizer of EBSS2017), Mark Stoyer (LLNL), Ingo Weidenhoever (FSU/ARUNA)

Election for FRIB Users Organization Executive Committee Complete!

The election for the new Executive Committee members beginning their terms January 2017 has been completed. The new members are:

  • Carl Brune, Ohio University;
  • Kelly Chipps, Oak Ridge National Laboratory [Operations Subcommittee]; and
  • Catherine Deibel, Louisiana State University

Heather Crawford (LBNL) will remain as chair, while Calem Hoffman (ANL) will take on the role of Secretary. As they rotate off, let's thank departing members for their three years of service: Robert Grzywacz (ORNL), Mark Riley (FSU) and Artemis Spyrou (MSU/NSCL). Thank you!


December 2016

FRIB Visiting Scholar Award for Experimental Science

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) invite applications for the FRIB Visiting Scholar Program for Experimental Science 2017. The program was started to encourage and help junior researchers to establish a research program at FRIB/NSCL. The Award supports short term stays at FRIB/NSCL for junior/non-tenured faculty or staff members. The award consists of a stipend of $5000 intended for travel and local expenses. A typical stay would be for one to two months during which the Scholar is expected to focus on currend and/or future experiments at FRIB/NSCL. Each year up to two awards will be made.

Interested individuals shouls send a CV and a 1-2 page description of the research program and specific goals of the stay to:

Professor Michael Thoennessen
640 S. Shaw Lane
FRIB/NSCL, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

OR email the documents to thoennessen@frib.msu.edu.

The deadline for the applications is January 31, 2017.


September 2016

Resources now available to FRIB Users

The FRIB project and users group are now making available to members of the FRIB Users Organization a set of resources about FRIB. Any users giving talks, attending meetings, or who just want to spread the word about FRIB can find more details at our FRIB resources page, or at the main FRIB site.


March 2016

Low Energy Community Meeting to be held at University of Notre Dame in August 2016

This year's Low Energy Community Meeting will be held August 11-13, 2016 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Pre-workshops, including a Nuclear Data workshop will begin August 10. For those who cannot attend, there will be a webcast available. Please visit the website or our Gatherings page for updated information.


February 2016

Exotic Beam Summer School EBSS2016 -- Applications Now Open!

The 2016 Exotic Beam Summer School (EBSS) will be held on the campus of Michigan State University, and the NSCL from July 17 - July 24, 2016. The aim of this annual school is to introduce students and young researchers to the various facets of the science of exotic nuclei including nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and the application of nuclear science and technology. Through these schools, the research community will be able to more fully exploit the opportunities created by the next generation exotic beam facilities, such as the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). The format of this school is unique: in the mornings, students will receive lectures from leading researchers in the field of nuclear physics with exotic beams. Lectures will be focused on theoretical, experimental, technical and applied topics. In the afternoons, the students participate in hands-on activities, learning about the techniques and instrumentation needed to carry out experiments with exotic beams. Applications for this year's summer school, EBSS2016 are open now!


January 2016

Election for FRIB User Organization Executive Committee Completed

The election of new Executive Committee members has been completed. The new members are:

  • Dan Bardayan, University of Notre Dame;
  • Grigory Rogachev, Texas A&M University; and
  • Calem Hoffman, Argonne National Lab [Operations Subcommittee]

The new chair of the FRIBUO is Heather Crawford (LBNL). As they rotate off, let's thank our departing members for their three years of service: Jolie Cizewski [Rutgers University], Michael Carpenter (Operations Subcommittee) [Argonne National Lab], and Michael Smith (Chair) [Oak Ridge National Lab]. Thank you!!


October 2015

Release of 2015 Nuclear Science Advisory Committee Long Range Plan

The 2015 Nuclear Science Advisory Committee Long Range Plan (LRP) was released, and includes significant descriptions of the importance of FRIB and FRIB science. In particular, the First Recommendation of the LRP states that "The progress achieved under the guidance of the 2007 Long Range Plan has reinforced U.S. world leadership in nuclear science. The highest priority in this 2015 Plan is to capitalize on the investments made... Expeditiously completing the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) construction is essential. Initiating its scientific program will revolutionize our understanding of nuclei and their role in the cosmos." To view the full report, please click here.


August 2015

Low Energy Community Meeting to be held at MSU in August 2015

This year's Low Energy Community Meeting will be held on August 21-22, 2015 at Michigan State University. Pre-workshops will begin on August 20. There will also be a webcast for those who cannot attend. Please visit our Gatherings page for updated information.


March 2015

FRIBUO Visit to Capitol Hill

There will be a visit of a number of FRIB, JLAB, and RHIC users to Capitol Hill on March 23, 2015. The users will update Congressmen, Senators, and their staffers on the importance of funding a robust program in nuclear science in the U.S., as well as on updates of the progress at each of the major facilities. Copies of the briefing package will be posted on this website when they are available later in March.

FRIB Scientific Advisory Committee meets on FRIB experimental equipment

The FRIB Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) met on March 2-3, 2015 to discuss the status of plans for experimental equipment at FRIB and on plans for reaccelerated beams and possible future upgrades. The committee is comprised of David Dean (ORNL, Chair), Ani Aprahamian (Notre Dame), Rolf Ent (JLab), Katherine Grzywacz-Jones (Univ. of Tennessee), Robert Janssens (ANL), Augusto Macchiavelli (LBNL), Gail McLaughlin (North Carolina State Univ.), Witek Nazarewicz (Michigan State Univ.), and Michael Smith (ORNL, Ex-Officio representing the FRIB Users Organization). Thomas Glassmacher gave the SAC an update on the status of FRIB, Michael Smith gave a presentation on the current status of plans for various experimental systems proposed for FRIB, and Alexandra Gade described current plans and the physics reach of reaccelerated beams and possible future upgrade paths. The recommendations of the SAC on the status and priority of the different projects will be sent to the new Director of the FRIB Laboratory, Thomas Glasmacher.


February 2015

Update of white paper on FRIB experimental equipment

Conveners of the Working Groups have updated their plans on experimental equipment for FRIB. These updates have been folded into a new version of the White Paper on FRIB Experimental Equipment and into a new version of the presentation on FRIB Experimental Equipment. Please see these documents for the latest information on the Working Group plans for experimental equipment needed for the exciting science programs at FRIB.

Exotic Beam Summer School EBSS2015 announced

The 2015 Exotic Beam Summer School (EBSS) was held on the campus of Florida State University from August 2nd to August 7th, 2015. The EBSS is intended to introduce students and young researchers to the various facets of the science of exotic nuclei including nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and the application of nuclear science and technology in the modern world. The school is intended for graduate students, but senior undergraduates and junior post-docs will also be considered. As in previous years, approximately 40 participants were selected from nearly 100 applicants. Priority was given for students coming from US universities and laboratories. EBSS 2015 was organized by ARUNA, the Association for Research at University Nuclear Accelerators, in collaboration with the national laboratories ANL (Argonne, IL), LBNL (Berkeley, CA), NSCL and FRIB (Lansing, MI), LLNL (Livermore, CA) and ORNL (Oak Ridge, TN). This was the first time for a member of the ARUNA association to host the meeting. ARUNA consists of the nuclear accelerator laboratories at Florida State University, Ohio University, Texas A&M University, Kentucky University, University of Notre Dame, University of Washington, and from Triangle University Nuclear Laboratory. ARUNA has joined the EBSS organizing board in 2014. EBSS 2015 was the fourteenth in the series of annual summer schools aimed to improve the skills of future work force in fields related to nuclear science. The location of EBSS rotates between the institutions of the organizing board.


December 2014

Election for FRIB User Organization Executive Committee Completed

The election of new Executive Committee members has been completed. The new members are:

  • Lee Sobotka, Washington Univ. St. Louis;
  • Heather Crawford, Ohio University [Operations Subcommittee]; and
  • Filomena Nunes, Michigan State University [Theory Representative].

They will serve from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017. As they rotate off, let's thank our departing members for their three years of service: Walter Loveland [Oregon State University], Krzysztof Rykaczewski (Operations Subcommittee) [Oak Ridge National Laboratory], and Ian Thompson (Theory Representative) [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory].


August 2014

FRIB Critical Decision CD-3B Approved

On 27 August 2014, Dr. Patricia Dehmer, the DOE Office of Science Acquisition Executive for FRIB, approved Critical Decision CD-3B: Start of Construction of the Accelerator and Experimental Systems for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) Project. This crucial approval keeps FRIB on track for completion in the next six years, when it will provide intense beams of thousands of rare isotopes for world-leading science carried out by our User community.

Draft of FRIB Experimental Equipment Whitepaper now available

A draft of FRIB Experimental Equipment Whitepaper is now available, please click here to download the current draft. White papers of white papers of a number of the individual proposed experimental systems are also available: the High Rigidity Spectrometer (HRS) whitepaper, the Isochronous Spectrometer with Large Acceptance (ISLA) whitepaper, the Gamma Ray Energy Tracking Array (GRETA) whitepaper, and the ReA12 upgrade whitepaper.

Presentation on proposed new FRIB Experimental Equipment

A presentation on proposed new FRIB Experimental Equipment was given at the APS DNP Joint Town Meeting on Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Astrophysics at TAMU on 8/21. Please click here to download the presentation.


July 2014

DNP Joint Town Meetings on Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Astrophysics TAMU 8/21-8/23

On Thursday 8/21 - Saturday 8/23, the Joint Town Meetings for Low Energy Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Astrophysics will be held at Texas A&M. These will provide input for the next Long Range Plan (LRP) being developed by the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) at the request of the DOE Office of Science and the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division of the NSF. Some groups wish to meet a day prior (Wednesday) or after the Town Meetings (Saturday afternoon). Groups interested in a "pre/post meeting" are encouraged to contact Sherry Yennello as soon as possible.

It is critical that FRIB science be well represented at this town meeting. In the working group sessions, members of the community typically make short presentations on research that they feel is important for the future of the field. The working group convenors then write up a summary of their group, and this is folded into the summary of the Town Meeting, which is given to the LRP Writing Committee (sometime in Fall 2014). In almost all of the working groups, there is some overlap with FRIB-related science, and members of the User Organization should give short presentations so that the diversity and excitement of FRIB science will have a prominent place in the working group summaries.

To get a short presentation in a working group, contact the convenors listed below.

Nuclear Astrophysics working groups:

  1. Nuclear Theory in Nuclear Astrophysics (McLaughlin, Reddy, Escher)
  2. Radioactive beams, explosive nucleosynthesis (Rehm, Zegers, Bardayan, Blackmon)
  3. Stable and gamma beams, stars, stellar burning, Big Bang, Sun (Champagne, Brune, Rogachev)
  4. Neutron beams, s-process, NIF (Couture, Bernstein)
  5. Data for Nuclear Astrophysics (Meyer, Smith)
  6. Astrophysics theory and computing (Timmes, Arcones)
  7. Supernova models, merger models, and chemical evolution (Hix, O'Shea)
  8. Neutron stars (Lynch, Steiner)
  9. Neutrinos in Nuclear Astrophysics (TBD,TBD)

Low Energy Nuclear Science working groups:

  1. Theory for Low-Energy Nuclear Science (Joe Carlson, TBD, Charlotte Elster, Sanjay Reddy)
  2. Nuclear Structure and Reactions - Experiment (Doug Higinbotham, Michael Carpenter, Paul Fallon, Alexandra Gade, Kate Jones, Alan Wuosmaa)
  3. Nature of Dilute and Dense Nuclear Matter and the Equation of State (Chuck Horowitz, Joe Natowitz, Lee Sobotka, Betty Tsang, )
  4. Facilities and Instrumentation (Carl Gross, Calvin Howell, Augusto Macchiavelli, Guy Savard, Brad Sherrill, Ingo Wiedenhoever)
  5. Applications and Nuclear Data (Mark Stoyer, Susan Lapi, Kai Vetter, Libby McCutchen, Filip Kondev)
  6. The case for relevance of Low-Energy Nuclear Science (TBD)
  7. Education (TBD)

Here is the second announcement of the meeting:

Dear Members of the Low Energy Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Astrophysics Community:

Registration is now open for the joint Town Meetings for Low Energy Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Astrophysics to be held at Texas A&M from Thursday 8/21 - Saturday 8/23. Registration details along with Working Group information plus hotel accommodations can be found at the meeting website http://www.lecmeeting.org/. With the aim of maximizing exchange and mutual participation we will start with a set of plenary talks relevant to both groups. Afterwards a number of parallel working groups arranged by each meeting will address the various topics of interest for each field. On Saturday we will meet again jointly to discuss outcomes and resolutions that both town meetings will put forward as input into the Long Range Plan. White Papers from each group reflecting the vision, future goals and objectives, needs, and priorities of each field will be forthcoming along with a joint summary outlining the strength, synergies, and collective needs of both fields. We have a strong history of coming together, answering the questions posed to us in the LRP Charge Letter and making compelling arguments for our science.

Once again we need your active participation in this most important endeavor.

Sincerely,
Hendrik Schatz (Michigan State University, schatz@nscl.msu.edu)
Michael Wiescher (University of Notre Dame, Michael.C.Wiescher.1@nd.edu)
Conveners, Nuclear Astrophysics and

Charlotte Elster (Ohio University, elster@ohio.edu)
Mark Riley (Florida State University, mriley@phy.fsu.edu)
Conveners, Low Energy Nuclear Physics


March 2014

FRIB Groundbreaking Celebration

On Monday, March 17, 2014, the FRIB Groundbreaking Celebration was held in an outside tent onsite at the facility. Braving freezing temperatures, a large crowd and over a dozen media representatives gathered to listen to six members of Congress, two Senators, three Michigan representatives, and Department of Energy representatives discuss the discovery potential of the facility, the hard work needed to bring the project to this stage, and the impact on jobs and education that FRIB will have on the state and the nation. Some of the numbers mentioned in the speeches included adding $1 billion to the Michigan economy, creating up to 5500 high tech and construction jobs, attracting more than 800 visiting scientists through the facility, and generating $187 million in new state tax revenues. In the current fiscal year, $55M has been approved for FRIB construction, and the proposed Presidential FY2015 budget would increase that allocation to $90M. The picture below shows the ceremonial ground breaking which officially begins the construction phase for FRIB.


February 2014

Exotic Beam Summer School 2014 at ORNL

The next Exotic Beam Summer School will be held from July 27 - Aug. 1, 2014 at Oak Ridge National Lab in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This will be the thirteenth in the series of annual summer schools devoted to the exciting developments in the study of exotic nuclei. The school is jointly organized by ANL, LBNL, LLNL, MSU, ORNL, and ARUNA. Development of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) continues and, along with other existing and planned exotic beam facilities around the world, will present wonderful opportunities for future discoveries and technical innovations. The school will introduce students and young researchers to the various facets of the science of exotic nuclei including nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and the application of nuclear science and technology in the modern world.

FRIB Civil Construction Officially Approved to Begin

A milestone has been reached for FRIB: the official notification that civil construction can now begin. In the current Fiscal Year, $55 million budget has just been approved to support construction. More details can be found in the latest FRIB Update Newsletter. The Newsletter also describes progress towards the launch of technical construction -- anticipated to begin in Fall 2014 -- as well as the first radioactive beam experiments with the ReA3 system. These are all extremely positive developments for our future flagship facility!

Low Energy Community Meeting to be held at TAMU

The 2014 Low-Energy Community Meeting will be held August 21-23, 2014 at the Mitchell Institute on the Campus of Texas A&M University. The meeting will begin on August 21 and finish by noon on Saturday August 23. This meeting will follow the format and spirit of the past Community Meetings held at Argonne National Laboratory in 2012 and Michigan State University in 2013. Preliminary information about the meeting can be found at www.lecmeeting.org; more details will be available soon.


January 2014

Election Results for Executive Committee

Thank you for your votes! The election results are in, and the new members of the FRIB User Organization Executive Committee are:

  • Robert Grzywacz, University of Tennessee
  • Mark Riley, Florida State University [Operations Subcommittee]
  • Artemis Spyrou, Michigan State University

This will be an exciting time to serve, as ReA3 begins operations with radioactive beams and FRIB gets close to the official start of construction.

As they rotate off, let's thank our departing members for their three years of service: Paul Fallon [LBNL], Alexandra Gade [MSU], Guy Savard [ANL], and Alan Wuosmaa [WMU].


August 2013

Approval of CD-2 and CD-3a for FRIB

Dear Member of the FRIB User Organization:
The Department of Energy has released the following statement:
"On August 1, 2013, the Department of Energy's Office of Science approved Critical Decision-2 (CD-2), Approve Performance Baseline, and Critical Decision-3a (CD-3a), Approve Start of Civil Construction and Long Lead Procurements, for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) construction project, which will be located at Michigan State University.
As with other DOE Office of Science construction projects, CD-2 formally establishes the cost and schedule for the FRIB project. The Total Project Cost for FRIB is $730M, of which $635.5M will be provided by DOE and $94.5M will be provided by Michigan State University. The project will be completed by 2022.
The CD-3a decision allows the project to proceed with long lead procurements. Commencement of the start of civil construction is subject to a Fiscal Year 2014 appropriation. When completed, FRIB will provide access to completely uncharted territory at the limits of nuclear stability, revolutionizing our understanding of the structure of nuclei as well as the origin of the elements and related astrophysical processes."
This is great news for our community. Thanks to all the FRIB Users Organization members for helping the project to reach this important milestone. Now, as FRIB has a defined completion date in June 2022 and as the FRIB Project works to early completion in December 2020, we need to continue to work together to help the Project secure the needed funding and, most importantly for the FRIB Users Organization, to prepare the science program for FRIB.
Sincerely,
Brad Sherrill
FRIB Chief Scientist


May 2013

Topic Workshop on Physics and Experiments with a recoil separator at ReA12, August 21-22, 2013 at MSU

This workshop will precede the Third Annual Low-Energy Community Meeting that will be held on August 23-24, 2013 at Michigan State University. The first day of the workshop will be dedicated to a discussion of the most promising physics and associated experiments that will determine the essential capabilities of the recoil separator. The second day will be devoted to discussion of the various separator options and how each can address the various requirements of the high priority research programs. The overall workshop goal is to identify and recommend an optimal solution for a proposed spectrometer.


April 2013

Low Energy Community Meeting set for August 23-24, 2013 at MSU

The third annual Low-Energy Community Meeting will be held on August 23-24, 2013 at Michigan State University. The community meeting program will begin on Friday morning and continue until noon on Saturday 24 August.


March 2013

Exotic Beam Summer School 2013 to be held at LBNL on July 28 - August 4, 2013

This year's Exotic Beam Summer School (EBSS) will be held at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, July 28 - August 4, 2013. Please pass on this notice to interested students and young researchers. As in previous years, the number of places will be limited to around forty participants who will be selected from the pool of applicants. The school is intended for graduate students, but senior undergraduates and junior post-docs will also be considered.


December 2012

FRIB User Organization Executive Committee election completed

The election for three new members of the FRIB User Organization Executive Committee has been completed. Michael Smith [ORNL] and Jolie Cizewski [Rutgers] were elected to three-year terms as "General" members, and Mike Carpenter [ANL] was elected to a three-year term as a member of the standing "Operations Subcommittee". These new positions will begin on Jan. 1, 2013. Congratulations to our new members! Also, our sincere thanks to members Ani Aprahamian [Notre Dame], Ingo Wiedenhoever [Florida State Univ.], and Michael Famiano [Western Michigan Univ.] who have completed their service to the Executive Committee. Thanks for your efforts to make FRIB a reality!


November 2012

FRIB Support Letter completed and sent to NSAC Subcommittee

Thanks to all our members who electronically signed an FRIB letter of support to the NSAC Long Range Plan Implementation Subcommittee. The Subcommittee will meet at the end of November and this letter will show the commitment of the Low Energy Nuclear Physics community to the exciting science planned for FRIB. You can see the signed letter here. Members are also encouraged to visit the NSAC Subcommittee website and submit a thoughtful comment in support of FRIB.

Support Letter delivered to NSF and OSTP

Thanks to all our members who electronically signed a letter of support to the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Director stating your strong support for the operation of ReA3 as a user facility. ReA3 will provide world-unique low-energy beams of rare isotopes at MSU NSCL by stopping fast, separated rare isotopes in a gas stopper, then reaccelerating them in a linac. The components of ReA3 will form an integral part of FRIB, and can deliver beams for exciting science when the primary driver accelerator for FRIB is under construction. For years, users have consistently expressed our strong desire for the NSCL management to develop the ReA3 capabilities. In 2011, the National Science Board authorized funding at a level to allow the NSCL to commission ReA3 and operate the full fast- and reaccelerated-beam program at about 4000 hours per year. Our letter stressed the importance of both the new capabilities that ReA3 operations will provide, as well as the world-class science from fast-beam experiments at NSCL. We hand delivered the letter to NSF and also to the OSTP [Office of Science and Technology Policy] in Washington, D.C. and discussed the importance of funding at the level authorized by the National Science Board. Click here to see the signed letter.


October 2012

Mini Town Meeting at APS DNP Meeting

Members of the Low Energy research community attended a Mini Town Meeting at the APS DNP Meeting. The goals of the meeting were to keep the community informed on the latest news, to reprise the information presented to NSAC Implementation Subcommittee in early September 2012, to give the community a chance for input into the Subcommittee process, and to prepare for larger, full-community town meeting at the APS DNP on Friday, Oct. 27, 2012. Two resolutions were passed by consensus and will be transmitted to the NSAC Subcommittee.


September 2012

The FRIB Science Case Document Online

A White Paper "FRIB: Opening New Frontiers in Nuclear Science" is now posted online. This document was prepared in Summer 2012 by members of the FRIB Users Organization for the NSAC Long Range Plan Implementation Subcommittee. It was sent to the Subcommittee in Sept. 2012.

Please click here to download the FRIB Science Case Document [PDF - 11.88 MB]

Please click here for the Executive Summary [PDF - 3.64 MB]


July 2012

Merger of three intermediate-energy separator Working Groups

The three Working Groups on intermediate energy mass separators / recoil separators for FRIB are planning to merge into one new "ReA12 Recoil Separator" Working Group at the upcoming Low Energy Community Meeting on August 17-18, 2012, at Argonne National Laboratory.

The three existing Working Groups that will merge are the Gas filled separator, High Efficiency Spectrometer (ISLA- or VAMOS-like), and Recoil Separator 1 - 3 MeV/u.

The initial goal of the new Working Group is to shape the requirements and characteristics of a device that can filter out unreacted beam particles and separate and characterize the reaction residues of interest. The Co-Conveners are calling on the FRIB User community to put forth device proposals to discuss at the August meeting. Please see the ReA12 Recoil Separator Working Group web page for more details.


March 2012

Exotic Beam Summer School 2012 Announced for August 4-11, 2012

This year's Exotic Beam Summer School will be held at Argonne National Laboratory, August 4-11, 2012. Applications for the school are now being accepted, and those interested in applying should go to:

http://www.dep.anl.gov/p_graduate/ebss/

to complete the application process. Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2011. In addition, the conference Nuclear Structure 2012 (NS12) is being held at ANL and will take place the week following the school, and students attending the school may wish to attend the conference as well. We would appreciate if you could share this announcement with graduate students and young researchers who you believe would benefit from attending the school.

Second Low Energy Community Meeting Announced for August 17-18, 2012

The second annual Low-Energy Community Meeting will be held on August 17-18, 2012 in connection with the Nuclear Structure 2012 Meeting at Argonne National Laboratory. This community meeting follows the successful first Joint Users Meeting held in East Lansing in August 2011. The meeting will consist of limited presentations, breakout sessions, working group summaries from the breakout sessions, and a town-meeting style open forum.

Visit to Capitol Hill

On Monday, March 5, 41 members of our Users Organization visited Capital Hill and delivered our letter -- signed by 532 members -- for enhanced nuclear physics funding. 75 offices were visited, including Representatives and Senators of 21 states as well as House and Senate Appropriations Staff. We left behind a very nice package [thanks to Michael Famiano, Ani Aprahamian, Brad Sherrill, and the FRIB Washington DC Office] that included copy of the letter, a fact sheet on FRIB, information on Societal Uses of Nuclear Science, and other information on MSU/NSCL and FRIB. Check our FRIB Handouts page for PDF downloads of all this information that you can print and give out to your colleagues and visitors.


February 2012

FRIB Funding, Letter Writing Campaign, Visit to Capitol Hill

The President's budget for 2013 was just announced on Monday, February 13th, and the funding for FRIB for Fiscal Year 2013 [starting on Oct. 1, 2012] is proposed to be 22 M$. This is well below the 55 M$ needed to fully fund the project in 2013, and could delay completion and increase the cost of this vital facility.

It is very important for our membership to contact Congress and advocate for full FRIB funding in 2013, as well as to support the funding of basic research and, in particular, for the needed increases to the DOE Office of Science and National Science Foundation budgets.

We have written a letter of support for full FRIB funding and nuclear science funding that all of our members living in the U.S. can electronically sign. This joint letter will be delivered to the appropriate Congressional offices and will remain posted online. 532 of our US-based members have signed the letter - Thanks for the support!

To view the letter, please click here.

We are also arranging a one-day Washington DC fly-in for FRIB User Organization members who live in the U.S. on Monday, March 5th, 2012. We will deliver the signed letter of support, and make the case with Congress for full FRIB funding and increased nuclear science funding. If you are able to participate in this one-day event, please contact Michael Smith (smithms at ornl.gov) or Brad Sherrill (sherrill at frib.msu.edu). Please let us know if you need help with travel support. A welcome dinner and discussion will take place on the Sunday evening, March 4th. We will have a breakfast on Monday morning with instructions on how to most effectively conduct the visits. All events should be completed by early afternoon on Monday March 5th. Your participation in this event is very important -- Please Participate !


January 2012

FRIB Funding in the News

Statements by DOE Secretary Chu on January 11, 2012 are being widely reported as indicating uncertainties in the funding for FRIB. While the budget for the next fiscal year has not yet been released, we remain optimistic that the tremendous advances promised by FRIB in basic and applied science -- as pointed out in the 2007 National Academies Report and the 2007 NSAC Long Range Plan -- will be realized. In the current Fiscal Year, FRIB will receive 22 million dollars in funding from the US Department of Energy, and construction is slated to begin in May 2012. FRIB has had a number of significant milestones, including support by a March 2011 Lehman Review to advance civil construction ahead by one year relative to CD-1 schedule, and a September 2011 Lehman Review that found FRIB to be on track and ready for a CD-2/3A review in April 2012. Our User Organization, now almost 1200 members strong, has over 20 Working Groups who are writing proposals, building equipment, and preparing for exciting science at FRIB. Getting this world-leading facility built, especially in this era of challenging budgets, will require continuous effort by our members working together with the FRIB Facility and the nuclear physics community. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to keep focused on our goal of making FRIB a reality.


December 2011

Voting complete

The vote by the membership of the FRIB Users Organization for three new members of the Executive Committee is complete: Walter Loveland [Oregon State Univ.] and Lee Sobotka [Washington Univ. St. Louis] were elected as general members of the Executive Committee, and Ian Thompson [LLNL] was elected as the Theory Representative. Please welcome them aboard ! Let's also thank Rick Casten [Yale], Jeff Blackmon [LSU], and Augusto Macchiavelli [LBNL] for their three excellent years of service to the FRIB Users Organization Executive Committee.


November 2011

Mergers Complete with NSCL User Group & FRIB Theory Users Group

The vote by the membership of the FRIB Users Organization on the changes in our Charter to Merge the NSCL User Group with the FRIB Users Organization, and to Merge the FRIB Theory User Group with the FRIB Users Organization, is now complete. The Charter changes for the Mergers have overwhelmingly passed, with 217 in favor and 5 opposed.

Our new Charter now specifies that

  • a standing (that is, permanent) Operations Subcommittee of the Executive Committee is established; and that
  • future elections of the Executive Committee will be arranged such that this Committee has at least one Theorist and three members of the Operations Subcommittee.

You can read the newly modified charter by clicking here.

As a result of this election, the FRIB Users Organization Executive Committee now has three additional members who comprise the Operations Subcommittee:

  • Michael Famiano, Western Michigan University [term expires Dec. 31, 2012]
  • Paul Fallon, LBNL [Dec. 31, 2013]
  • Krzysztof Rykaczewski, ORNL [Dec. 31, 2014]

The FRIB Users Organization Executive Committee also has one additional member who is filling the Theorist slot: Ian Thompson, LLNL [Dec. 31, 2011]

Please welcome our new members of the Executive Committee!
You can see the entire list of Executive Committee members by clicking here.
We will soon announce a new election for members of the Executive Committee that are rotating off at the end of this calendar year.


May 2011

Planning for the Joint ATLAS-HRIBF-NSCL-FRIB Users Meeting on August 18 - 20, 2011

Planning is ongoing for the first annual Joint ATLAS-HRIBF-NSCL-FRIB Users Meeting, to be held in East Lansing, MI from 18-20 August, 2011. A mailing will be sent with more information; please see our Gatherings page for more information on the meeting and visit the official meeting page at http://meetings.nscl.msu.edu/superuser2011/.


April 2011

Beam accelerated through first ReA3 cryomodule at MSU/NSCL

From: Daniela Leitner, ReA3 Group Leader, MSU/NSCL
Beam commissioning of the ReA3 reaccelerator continued last week through the first cryomodule. On Friday, April 14, an ion beam was accelerated using the first cryomodule of the ReA3 reaccelerator. This is the first ion beam acceleration through an SRF cavity at MSU.

ReA3 is designed to accelerate rare isotope beams produced by NSCL's Coupled Cyclotron Facility and will be part of FRIB. Once completed, ReA3 will serve the nuclear science community by delivering a wide variety of exotic isotopes for nuclear science experiments at variable energies with high beam quality.

A He+ beam from the pilot ion source was accelerated by the room temperature Radio Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) to 600 keV/u and then further accelerated through the first SRF cavity in the rebuncher to about 640 keV/u. To determine the absolute energy gain and energy spread of the beam, a time of flight diagnostic will be necessary and is under development.

For these beam tests the rebuncher SRF cavity designed for an optimal beta of 0.041 was operated in acceleration mode. The kinetic energy of the accelerated beam particles after the cryomodule was measured with a foil silicon detector. Figure 1 shows the energy spectrum from the accelerated beam using only the RFQ (SRF cavity is grounded, red trace) together with the spectrum obtained when the SRF cavity is energized to a gradient of about 8 MV/m (blue trace). Also shown in the spectrum is the peak from the calibration alpha source, which is permanently mounted off axis in the diagnostic box. The calibration source provides alpha particles at a total energy of 5.5 MeV and is used to calibrate the detector.

In addition, the beam energy was measured relative to the cavity phase with respect to the beam provided by the RFQ. As expected, the energy gain is proportional to a cosine-like function with the maximum energy gain at 0 phase (Figure 2, 0 phase corresponds to 260° in the graph). By measuring the energy gain as a function of the cavity phase, the phasing between the RFQ and the SRF LINAC can be calibrated.

The commissioning will continue through the next cryomodule using the same procedure to determine the relative phase for each cavity.

Please see the original posting of this article at this link.


March 2011

FRIB Congressional Visit

Over 20 members of our User Organization went to Washington on March 1 for a visit to the Staff of their Senators and Representatives. There were over 50 visits to different Congressmen, and overall our members had a very good reception as they advocated for strong funding for the DOE Office of Science in general, and FRIB in particular. FRIB is slated to receive 10 M$ in Fiscal Year 2011 [FY11] and 30 M$ in FY12, and the message delivered was the importance of FRIB science and of Low Energy Nuclear Science, and the importance to keep on this funding path. The MSU Office in Washington set up the schedules for the visits, and gave detailed instructions and advice on effectively getting our message across during the sessions with the Congressional Staffers. Our members left behind a copy of the letter of support for nuclear science funding that over 300 of our US-based members have signed. We also left behind two handouts with the Congressional Staffers, an FRIB Fact Sheet and a list of 10 reasons to love Nuclear Science. For our US members, we strongly encourage continued discussions with your Congressional representatives with follow-up emails to build up a relationship with them and keep FRIB on their mind. When doing this, make sure that you do not use government resources [computers, funds, time] for these education and advocacy activities.


February 2011

FRIB SAC Meeting

The FRIB Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) met from Feb. 18 - 19 in East Lansing, Michigan. They reviewed the written status reports that were turned in by the FRIB Working groups -- and made recommendations to the FRIB Facility on priorities for near-term funding. Comments from the SAC on the Working Group status reports will be sent individually to the Point of Contacts of the Working Groups. The continued development of FRIB detector systems -- through vigorous efforts of the Working Groups -- is crucial to maximize the early scientific impact of FRIB.


January 2011

FRIB Funding Letter

Most of our large membership will not be able to attend our Washington visit [see below] in person. We have therefore written a letter of support for nuclear science funding that all of our members living in the U.S. can electronically sign. This joint letter will be delivered to the appropriate offices during our visit and will remain posted online. Thank you for your help ! The more signatures we get, the stronger our case will be for funding for FRIB and for nuclear science.

FRIB Congressional Visit

With the new Congress in Washington and their focus on cutting the Federal budget, it is an important time for us to make the case to them for funding of basic research and, in particular, for funding of activities of the DOE Office of Science and National Science Foundation. One of the most effective ways to express this case is to visit Congress in person. Hence we are planning to arrange a one-day fly-in for FRIB User Organization members to come to Washington and visit with members of their congressional delegations. The President's budget for 2012 will be announced around February 14th. In order to express support for the President's proposal and for funding of science in general, we will arrange the fly-in day on 1 March, 2011. If you might be able to participate in this one-day event, please contact Michael Smith (smithms at ornl.gov). While you will need to support your own travel, FRIB will offer help with hotel reservations and scheduling of the congressional visits. A welcome dinner and discussion will take place on the evening of 28 February. We will have a breakfast on 1 March with instructions from House or Senate staff members on how to most effectively conduct the visits. All events should be completed by early afternoon on March 1st. Your participation in this event is very important. Please consider taking the time. If you have any questions regarding the visit, please contact Michael Smith or Brad Sherrill (sherrill at frib.msu.edu).


December 2010

Election of Executive Committee Members

An election of three new members of the Executive Committee was held in December 2010. The newly elected members are: Alexandra Gade [MSU/NSCL], Guy Savard [ANL], and Alan Wuosmaa [WMU]. The new members will replace Thomas Glasmacher (Michigan State University), Kim Lister (Argonne National Lab), and Witek Nazarewicz (University of Tennessee) -- who are rotating off after 3 years of service. Please thank them for their service to the community to advance physics with unstable beams and the FRIB facility ! The new members will begin their three year term on January 1, 2011.

Working Group Updates for the FRIB SAC

Please remember that Working Groups need to prepare a four page or less report to the SAC by February 4, 2011. See the news item below for more details.


October 2010

Working Group Updates for the FRIB SAC

The FRIB Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) will meet in February 2011 to review the status of the FRIB Working groups and identify priorities for funding in the near term. To help in this assessment, the Working Groups are requested to provide the SAC with a report (four pages or less) by Feb. 4, 2011. This report should detail: a high level overview of the science program, a short description of the proposed equipment, the current status, and identification of funding requirements over the next five years. Funding requirements could include money for R&D, design, prototypes, construction, and commissioning if the device (or prototypes) can be used at existing laboratories before FRIB turns on. Such continued development of FRIB detector systems -- through vigorous efforts of the Working Groups -- is crucial to maximize the early scientific impact of FRIB.


September 2010

FRIB Compliance with NEPA established

Dr. William F. Brinkman, Director of the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, signed a Finding of No Significant Impact for FRIB on Sept. 14, 2010. This establishes FRIB's compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It was expected, but the process to comply with NEPA is challenging and must be carefully completed. The Office of Science has determined that FRIB will not have a significant impact on the environment and we can move forward, removing a significant barrier to realizing FRIB.

FRIB Project Receives CD-1 Approval

Dr. Patricia M. Dehmer, DOE Office of Science Deputy Director for Science Programs, approved Critical Decision 1 (CD-1) for FRIB on September 1 following a meeting of the DOE-SC Energy Systems Acquisition Advisory Board. The approval of CD-1 establishes the preferred alternative for the facility design and cost/schedule range for the project. Also approved were the FRIB Preliminary Project Execution Plan and long-lead procurements up to $10M. With CD-1 received, the FRIB Project can enter the second budget period of the Cooperative Agreement on Oct. 1 and proceed with Preliminary Design in FY2011/2012 at an anticipated cost of $55 million.


March 2010

Ninth Summer School on Exotic Beam Physics

The Ninth Summer School on Exotic Beam Physics will be held at ORNL from August 2 - 6, 2010. The aim of this annual school is to educate young researchers on the excitement and challenges of radioactive ion beam physics. Through these schools, the research community will be able to more fully exploit the opportunities created by the next generation exotic beam facilities, such as the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). A unique feature of this summer school series is the hands-on activities where students spend their afternoons in the lab of a radioactive beam facility, learning about the techniques and instrumentation needed to carry out experiments with unstable beams.

Scientific Advisory Committee Report and February Workshop Presentations Available

The report of the FRIB Science Advisory Committee on the February 2010 FRIB Equipment Workshop is now available online at this link. Additionally, the Workshop summary presentations are also available online. More details on this very successful meeting can be at the workshop website.


February 2010

FRIB Experimental Equipment Meeting at MSU, February 20 - 22, 2010

There was an FRIB meeting on experimental equipment needs on February 20-22 (noon Saturday to noon Monday) on the campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

The goals of this meeting included ensuring that alternatives for experimental equipment have been considered, that adequate space is provided in the experimental halls, and that all users communicate their specific equipment needs to FRIB and to each other. The workshop provided a venue for detailed consideration of concepts for specific instruments and consideration of the physics they will enable. Attendance by all those interested in the development of instrumentation for FRIB, regardless of whether they are specifically involved in one of the equipment collaborations or not, was necessary in formulating plans for FRIB. Prior to this workshop, users and user collaborations developed equipment ideas to be presented at the workshop. Based on expressions of interest, a number of working groups for the workshop were formed and announced. For more information, see the workshop website at FRIB.

APS Meeting / Congressional Visits

Dear FRIB User:
This year the APS April Meeting is being held in Washington DC from February 13-16, 2010. It is an opportunity for our community to visit and meet our representatives in the House and Senate, and to encourage their support of basic scientific research. Many expert panel assessments have highlighted the importance of basic research to the nation, however it is necessary for the scientific community to carry that message to their representatives so they recognize it as a local issue as well as a national priority.
If you will be attending the APS April meeting and/or otherwise would like help in arranging a personal visit to your congressional offices, please contact Brad Sherrill (Sherrill at frib.msu.edu). The Michigan State University Washington Office will provide logistical support and help arrange visits on the dates of Monday February 15th and Tuesday February 16th. In addition, they will offer a briefing on how to meet with congress and staff on the evening of February 15th at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park starting at 19:30 following the DNP Town Meeting.
Please take the time to participate in this important activity.
Sincerely,
Brad Sherrill
FRIB Chief Scientist


January 2010

Message from the FRIB Users Organization Chairman

Happy New Year to all our (potential) FRIB Users. This is an important year for FRIB as we move into the CDR phase of the project, and start planning for real experiments. We encourage you to visit the FRIB Users website http://fribusers.org/ (or Google fribusers) as that will be our forum for keeping you updated on our progress.

FRIB Users List

The original RIA mailing list is a decade old, and 30% of the e-mail addresses are now incorrect. This is important to remedy, as most of the changes apply to younger scientists who have changed jobs. We need to fix this situation and get a reliable mailing list in order to keep everyone involved in the process. As we move forward more rapidly, a single reliable mailing list becomes essential. It will prevent you from getting the same e-mail from multiple sources, which is the situation we have now. It will also give us a more solid and reliable determination of the current and potential user community. PLEASE, PLEASE take a moment to re-register for the FRIB User group NOW. Just go to the link http://fribusers.org/organization/join.html and fill in the online form. We will be using the new list for the February workshop, so register now.

Equipment Workshop in MSU 20-22 Feb. 2010

An equipment workshop is being held in MSU on 20-22 Feb 2010 aimed at evaluating the status of plans for equipment for FRIB. This involves clarifying the match of equipment to the scientific goals, indentifying the experimental infrastructure needs at FRIB and making sure they are properly accounted for in the CDR for the facility, identifying what equipment exists and may be useful, what can be constructed and deployed prior to FRIB coming online, and the workshop provides a forum for developing strong teams to work on these projects. Many Working Groups are already in place and are discussing requirements for equipment, and planning detailed designs of detectors. You can find more information on Working Groups at the FRIB User website. This is a real opportunity for you to get involved. We hope you can come to the workshop and participate. You can find more information on our meeting page and also at the workshop website http://meetings.nscl.msu.edu/frib-equipment-workshop2010/ where you can register. Whether or not you can attend, we also hope you will join the some of the Working Groups. Most groups have information about their activities on this FRIB Users web site. Please contact the Conveners of the Groups that you are interested in and add your name, suggestions and ideas. The trains are leaving the station! We would like to encourage the involvement of younger scientists, at the senior graduate and post-doc level, as this facility will be "their" machine. We hope to have a modest fund to help support travel and accommodation for special cases. Please contact Kim Lister (Lister at anl.gov) if travel funding is a critical issue.


November 2009

FRIB Users Organization Election

The winners of the election of the FRIB Users Organization Executive Committee are:

  • Ani Aprahamian (University of Notre Dame)
  • Michael Smith (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
  • Ingo Wiedenheover (Florida State University)

Each will serve on the Executive Committee for a term of three years beginning on Jan. 1, 2010. They replaced outgoing Executive Committee members Erich Ormand and Michael Wiescher whose terms expired in 2009. See the Organization page for a complete list of the Executive Committee Members.


October 2009

FRIB Users Organization Meeting at the DNP Meeting in Hawaii

The FRIB Users Organization held a meeting at the DNP meeting in Hawaii in October 2009.


August 2009

Meeting of FRIB Equipment Collaborations at MSU

A workshop for FRIB collaborations was held immediately preceding an MSU NSCL Users Meeting. Approximately 80 researchers participated in four different collaboration meetings.


May 2009

First FRIB Users Organization Meeting

The inaugural meeting of the FRIB Users Organization was held at Saturday, May 30 - Sunday, May 31, 2009, at Argonne National Lab, Argonne, Illinois.