We have established a collaboration for studies of Nuclear Astrophysics with radioactive beams at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams [FRIB]. It is intended to serve as an umbrella collaboration that encompasses the experimental, theoretical, and equipment projects in nuclear astrophysics at FRIB, as well as related astrophysics and observational astronomy projects. This research is focussed on improving 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. SECAR will be built in the 3 MeV Hall at FRIB and will be 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 on these pages.
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.
Nuclear Astrophysics Meetings at MSU August 22 - 23, 2015
At the 2015 Low Energy Community Meeting to be held from August 20-22, 2015, there will be two meetings covering astrophysics-related equipment: a meeting of the SECAR Collaboration on Thursday night, August 20, from 18:00 - 20:00, and an Astrophysics Equipment Working Group session on Friday, August 21, from 13:30 - 15:30. All are welcome to join to find out the latest information on plans for astrophysics-related equipment at FRIB and other facilities. Agendas for both of these meetings are posted on our Meetings page and also at the 2015 Low Energy Community Meeting web page. We hope you can attend and actively participate in these meetings.
SECAR Project Initiated March 2015
After successful reviews in Summer 2014 (external experts), October 2014 (DOE-SC/NSF), and January 2015 (DOE-SC/NSF), the SECAR project officially began on March 1, 2015 via funding through the Office of Nuclear Physics from the DOE Office of Science. The project is currenty on budget and on schedule to deliver SECAR by 2022, and we are managing the project to early completion in 2020. For more information, please visit our SECAR page.