Topic Workshop on Physics and Experiments with a recoil separator at ReA12, August 21-22, 2013 at MSU
This workshop will precede the Third Annual Low-Energy Community Meeting that will be held on August 23-24, 2013 at Michigan State University. The first day of the workshop will be dedicated to discussion of the most promising physics and associated experiments that will determine the essential capabilities of the recoil separator. The second day will be devoted to discussion of the various separator options and how each can address the various requirements of the high priority research programs. The overall workshop goal is to identify and recommend an optimal solution for a proposed spectrometer. Please click here for more information on this workshop.
Low Energy Community Meeting set for August 23-24, 2013 at MSU
The third annual Low-Energy Community Meeting will be held on August 23-24, 2013 at Michigan State University. The community meeting program will begin on Friday morning and continue until noon on Saturday 24 August. For more information, see this page.
Exotic Beam Summer School 2013 to be held at LBNL on July 28 - August 4, 2013
This year's Exotic Beam Summer School (EBSS) will be held at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, July 28 - August 4, 2013. Please pass on this notice to interested students and young researchers. As in previous years, the number of places will be limited to around forty participants who will be selected from the pool of applicants. The school is intended for graduate students, but senior undergraduates and junior post-docs will also be considered. For more information see our page on EBSS2013.
FRIB User Organization Executive Committee election completed
The election for three new members of the FRIB User Organization Executive Committee has been completed. Michael Smith [ORNL] and Jolie Cizewski [Rutgers] were elected to three-year terms as "General" members, and Mike Carpenter [ANL] was elected to a three-year term as a member of the standing "Operations Subcommittee". These new positions will begin on Jan. 1, 2013. Congratulations to our new members ! Also, our sincere thanks to members Ani Aprahamian [Notre Dame], Ingo Wiedenhoever [Florida State Univ.], and Michael Famiano [Western Michigan Univ.] who have completed their service to the Executive Committee. Thanks for your efforts to make FRIB a reality !
FRIB Support Letter completed and sent to NSAC Subcommittee
Thanks to all our members who electronically signed an FRIB letter of support to the NSAC Long Range Plan Implementation Subcommittee. The Subcommittee will meet at the end of November and this letter will show the commitment of the Low Energy Nuclear Physics community to the exciting science planned for FRIB. You can click here to see the signed letter. Members are also encouraged to visit the NSAC Subcommittee website and submit a thoughtful comment in support of FRIB.
Support Letter delivered to NSF and OSTP
Thanks to all our members who electronically signed a letter of support to the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Director stating your strong support for the operation of ReA3 as a user facility. ReA3 will provide world-unique low-energy beams of rare isotopes at MSU NSCL by stopping fast, separated rare isotopes in a gas stopper, then reaccelerating them in a linac. The components of ReA3 will form an integral part of FRIB, and can deliver beams for exciting science when the primary driver accelerator for FRIB is under construction. For years, users have consistently expressed our strong desire for the NSCL management to develop the ReA3 capabilities. In 2011, the National Science Board authorized funding at a level to allow the NSCL to commission ReA3 and operate the full fast- and reaccelerated-beam program at about 4000 hours per year. Our letter stressed the importance of both the new capabilities that ReA3 operations will provide, as well as the world-class science from fast-beam experiments at NSCL. We hand delivered the letter to NSF and also to the OSTP [Office of Science and Technology Policy] in Washington, D.C. and discussed the importance of funding at the level authorized by the National Science Board. You can click here to see the signed letter.
Mini Town Meeting at APS DNP Meeting
Members of the Low Energy research community attended a Mini Town Meeting at the APS DNP Meeting. The goals of the meeting were to keep the community informed on the latest news, to reprise the information presented to NSAC Implementation Subcommittee in early September 2012, to give the community a chance for input into the Subcommittee process, and to prepare for larger, full-community town meeting at the APS DNP on Friday, Oct. 27, 2012. Two resolutions were passed by consensus and will be transmitted to the NSAC Subcommittee. For more details, please visit this page on this Mini Town Meeting.
The FRIB Science Case Document Online
A White Paper "FRIB: Opening New Frontiers in Nuclear Science" is now posted online. This document was prepared in Summer 2012 by members of the FRIB Users Organization for the NSAC Long Range Plan Implementation Subcommittee. It was sent to the Subcommittee in Sept. 2012.
Please click here to download the FRIB Science Case Document [PDF - 11.88 MB]
Please click here for the Executive Summary [PDF - 3.64 MB]
Merger of three intermediate-energy separator Working Groups
The three Working Groups on intermediate energy mass separators / recoil separators for FRIB are planning to merge into one new "ReA12 Recoil Separator" Working Group at the upcoming Low Energy Community Meeting on August 17-18, 2012, at Argonne National Laboratory.
The three existing Working Groups that will merge are the Gas filled separator, High Efficiency Spectrometer (ISLA- or VAMOS-like), and Recoil Separator 1 - 3 MeV/u.
The initial goal of the new Working Group is to shape the requirements and characteristics of a device that can filter out unreacted beam particles and separate and characterize the reaction residues of interest. The Co-Conveners are calling on the FRIB User community to put forth device proposals to discuss at the August meeting. Please see the ReA12 Recoil Separator Working Group web page for more details.
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