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Isotope Purification Device

July 19, 2010
Daviel Bazin, senior physicist at Michigan State University's (MSU) National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), adjusts the radio frequency fragment separator. The new experimental device greatly improves NSCL's ability to filter out the few exotic isotopes from the huge number of other particles produced by its coupled superconducting cyclotron and downstream magnets.

Using the new device, MSU researchers were able to take first-of-its-kind measurements of several rare nuclei, including tin, cadmium and indium. Funding for the equipment was provided by the National Science Foundation. The discoveries will help to refine theoretical models about how elements are created in the cosmos, something that until now was beyond the technical reach of nearly all of the world's nuclear science facilities. For more information, see the Michigan State University news release "MSU Researcher Nabs 'Doubly Magic' Tin Isotope." (Date of Image: December 2008)


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