We have established a collaboration for studies of Nuclear Astrophysics with radioactive beams at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams [FRIB]. This collaboration encompasses the wide variety of experimental, theoretical, and equipment projects in nuclear astrophysics at FRIB, as well as related astrophysics and observational astronomy projects. The scientific focus of these projects will be to improve our understanding of supernovae, novae, X-ray bursts (as shown left to right in the image above), and other astrophysical phenomena where unstable nuclei play a critical role.
Our Highest Priority equipment project is SECAR - the Separator for Capture Reactions. The installation of SECAR is progressing well in the 3 MeV ReAccelerated Beam Hall at FRIB, and early commissioning has also begun and is being optimized for direct measurements of capture reactions on unstable nuclei that power stellar explosions. SECAR is the flag ship experiment for the FRIB nuclear astrophysics community. More information on SECAR can be found at the secar.space website.
The FRIB Astrophysics Collabration website is used to share information on science -- both experiment and theory -- as well as on equipment, collaboration meetings, and documents necessary to bring our plans to reality.
Please join our collaboration to help build an exciting research program in nuclear astrophysics at FRIB! You can view our membership list on this page. If you have any questions about the collaboration, please contact us for further information.
FRIB Proposal Writing Workshop May 4-8, 2020
FRIB will host a
remote FRIB Proposal Writing Workshop on May 4 - 8, 2020.
the workshop by clicking here. You can
invitation letter for the
Workshop by clicking here.
One of the information sessions of this workshop will be dedicated to proposals for SECAR experiments. Please click here to see the invitation letter encouraging participation in the SECAR information session and a planned follow-up breakout session.
The session will be held via the Zoom software platform starting at 16:00 EDT on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
Progress in SECAR Installation and Commissioning April 2020
The installation of the SECAR system in the ReA3 Hall at Michigan State University is on schedule and progressing well towards a completion of late 2020. We have begun early commissioning experiments on portions of the system even while some (downstream) components have not yet been installed. Recent successes in commissioning include: procedures for beam tuning; calibration of the first two SECAR dipoles; testing of an initial set of diagnostic devices including viewers and ammeters; testing of the SECAR/JENSA BGO gamma array; and testing of the data acquisition system. For more information, please visit the secar.space website.