A detailed whitepaper released Dec. 7 outlines plans for the Isotope Science Facility (ISF) – a major capability upgrade replacing the Coupled Cyclotron Facility at the NSCL. The proposed ISF will provide the nuclear science research community with world-class beams of rare isotopes.
The ISF takes full advantage of short beam development and fast isotope separation times associated with the in-flight production technique. Rare isotopes will be available as stopped beams, re-accelerated beams from astrophysical energies to 12 MeV/nucleon, and as fast beams.
Also released Dec. 7 was the unedited prepublication of the report by the National Research Council (NRC) "Scientific Opportunities with a Rare-Isotope Facility in the United States." The report defines a scientific agenda for a U.S.-based rare-isotope facility and addresses the need for such a facility in context of international efforts in this area.
For more information or to download the ISF whitepaper, please see http://www.nscl.msu.edu/isf.
To download the NRC report, please see http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/RISAC.html.