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The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new national user facility for nuclear science, funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) Office of Nuclear Physics and operated by Michigan State University (MSU). FRIB will cost approximately $600 million to establish and take about a decade for MSU to design and build. As a national user facility, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth).

Unstable (or rare) isotopes play a critical role for some of the most compelling open questions in nuclear astrophysics. Many of these questions JINA has begun to address with the limited rare isotope production capabilities available today. With FRIB most of the nuclear physics in stellar explosions becomes finally accessible to experiments on earth. JINA plays an active role in shaping the scientific community that will ultimately take advantage of FRIB by bridging the gap between nuclear physics and astrophysics, by advancing the science, and by educating the future leaders of the field.

JINA, in collaboration with other groups, is also developing new experimental equipment that will initially be used at existing rare isotope facilities but is intended to enable FRIB experiments in the future. To that end, an FRIB astrophysics collaboration was formed within the framework of the FRIB users organization. The most important piece of FRIB equipment JINA is involved in is the Recoil Separator SECAR. Based on experience with the JINA recoil separator St. George at Notre Dame, JINA is currently leading the design effort.

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