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Environment & Climate Change

MSU's FRIB project reaching a milestone

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

Michigan State University’s yet-to-be completed massive physics research facility is about to achieve an important milestone.

In the next three to four weeks, M-S-U’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, also known as FRIB,  will accelerate its first particles.    

When the $730 million facility is operational in 2022, it will become a leading center for scientific research.   

Thomas Glasmacher is the FRIB project director.  He says accelerating their first particle will give people working on the project “hope."

“You know, this is a 14-year project,” Glasmacher says, “and these little signs of hope are important because it’s a little bit overwhelming to anticipate 14 years out.”

FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries in fields from medicine to astrophysics. 

The project is largely funded by the federal government. 

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