This semester's Physics Honors presentation was by Prof. Konrad Gelbke, on the left in the above photo with two Wichita State University honors students and the director of honors Jay Mandt. Prof. Glebke is the director of the National Superconducting Cylotron Laboratory at Michigan State University.
Title: Rare Isotope Nuclear Physics -- ongoing activities and future plans
Abstract: Michigan State University’s NSCL (National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory) is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation to operate the premier rare isotope user facility in the U.S. Beams of rare isotopes at NSCL are produced via projectile fragmentation or fission and separated in-flight. NSCL is the largest university campus based nuclear science facility and educates approximately 10% of the Nation's nuclear science Ph.D. The current NSCL facility capabilities and main research directions will be outlined and put into context with related nuclear science initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. The laboratory is currently expanding its capabilities by building an efficient gas-stopping and reacceleration capability initially up to 3.2 MeV per nucleon. For the longer term future, NSCL is proposing to replace the existing superconducting cyclotrons with a 200 MeV superconducting heavy-ion linac.