The Road to FRIB

FRIB accelerates first beams in three of forty-six superconducting cryomodules

On 11-12 July, 2018, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams achieved a major project milestone by accelerating its first beams in three of forty-six superconducting cryomodules. This demonstrates for the first time that the major systems (front end, liquid helium plant, superconducting cryomodules) which were commissioned individually, work well together and can successfully accelerate beams of atomic particles...

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FRIB civil construction complete, achieves beneficial occupancy

Civil construction on the FRIB Project achieved beneficial occupancy on 24 March 2017.

Beneficial occupancy is the stage of construction in which the facility can be used for its intended purpose... Read more 2017

FRIB makes first beam from ARTEMIS ion source and installs first cryomodule into linear accelerator tunnel

The FRIB Project has reached a new milestone: the extraction of the first ion beam from its Advanced Room-TEMperature Ion Source (ARTEMIS). On 12 October, 2016 FRIB staff turned on ARTEMIS for the first time, and the successful testing resulted in the first ion beam produced on 14 October 2016.

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First FRIB production cryomodule complete

FRIB-1, the first fully populated cryomodule for the FRIB driver linear accelerator, is complete. This is significant because it means great strides have been made in assembly time: FRIB-1 was completed in two-and-a-half months, compared to the six months it took to complete cryomodules for ReA3 and ReA6, other state-of-the-art accelerators at the laboratory.

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FRIB groundbreaking launches civil construction

On March 17, 2014 Michigan State University (MSU) held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) on the MSU campus in East Lansing, Michigan.

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FRIB is approved at the CD2/CD-3A level, and construction is anticipated to begin soon.

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.

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Appropriations Bill provides first funding for FRIB

The FY2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill includes $4,903.7M for the Office of Science, $535M of this for Nuclcear Physics and $12M of this for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (October 1, 2009).

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MSU selected to build FRIB

DOE issues a Financial Assistance Funding Opportunity Announcement for FRIB (May 20, 2008, applications due July 21, 2008) and selects the MSU application following a merit review and evaluation process (December 11, 2008).

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2007 Long Range Plan strongly endorses FRIB

"Recommendation II: We recommend construction of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a world-leading facility for the study of nuclear structure, reactions, and astrophysics. Experiments with the new isotopes produced at FRIB will lead to a comprehensive description of nuclei, elucidate the origin of the elements in the cosmos, provide an understanding of matter in the crust of neutron stars, and establish the scientific foundation for innovative applications of nuclear science to society. "

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NSAC transmits FRIB task force report and makes construction of FRIB the second highest priority for nuclear science.


The Science of the Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA): A Brochure from the RIA Users Community

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The Rare-Isotope Science Assessment Committee of the National Research Council endorses construction of a facility for rare isotope beams (FRIB) based upon a 200 MeV driver LINAC.


MSU Blue Book: Isotope Science Facility at Michigan State University

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DOE cancels RIA and pursue a lower cost option


NSAC Report on "Guidance for Implementation of the 2002 Long Range Plan"

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DOE cancels draft of RIA-RFP (request for proposal)

  • Low-cost alternatives proposed by MSU and ANL
  • DOE and NSF charge Rare Isotope Science Assessment Committee (RISAC) of the Academies to assess science case for rare isotope beam facility


NSAC Report on Comparison of the Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) and the Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI) Future Facility

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RIA ranks third in the DOE 20-year Science Facility Plan

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White paper: The Intellectual Challenges of RIA

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2002 Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science

"The Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) is our highest priority for major new construction."

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Oakland Town Meeting Report

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Durham workshop white paper on RIA Physics

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White paper: Scientific Opportunities with Fast Fragmentation Beams from RIA

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ISOL Task Force Report

"The ISOL Task Force has unanimously concluded that developments in both nuclear science and its supporting technologies make building a world-leading Rare-Isotope Accelerator (RIA) facility a scientific imperative for the United States."

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"Nuclear Physics: The Core of Matter, The Fuel of Stars", National Academy Report

"Recommendation II: The committee recommends the construction of a dedicated, high-intensity accelerator facility to produce beams of short-lived nuclei. Such a facility will open up a new frontier in nuclear structure near the limits of nuclear binding and will strengthen our understanding of nuclear properties relevant to explosive nucleosynthesis and other aspects of the physics governing the cosmos."

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ISOL Task Force Report to NSAC: Opportunity: Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) Facility


Columbus White paper: Scientific Opportunities with an Advanced ISOL Facility

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1996 Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science

"We strongly recommend development of a cost-effective plan for a next-generation ISOL-type facility and its construction..."

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Argonne Yellow Book: ANL-ATLAS Exotic Beam Facility


Overview of Research Opportunities with Radioactive Nuclear Beams, An Update (ISL)

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TUNL Town Meeting (January 19-21, 1995)

Town meeting report specifically endorses concept for the IsoSpin Laboratory.


The IsoSpin Laboratory, ISL Steering Committee (report)

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The IsoSpin Laboratory (ISL) Steering Committee founded

The ISL committee drafted language for the 1989 Long Range Plan: "Whole new vistas would be opened by a radioactive nuclear beam (RNB) accelerator", sets RNB facility as one of highest priorities for new construction in LRP.

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First International Conference on Radioactive Nuclear Beams in Berkeley (Earthquake Meeting)


A proposal for an intense radioactive beams facility at TRIUMF

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Workshop on Prospects for Research with Radioactive Beams from Heavy Ion Accelerators, Washington, DC


First use of radioactive beams from projectile fragmentation at Berkeley


ISOL method introduced at CERN/ISOLDE


First radioactive beam experiment performed at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen

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