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National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL)

National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) is a world leader in rare isotope research and nuclear science education. Located on the campus of Michigan State University, NSCL scientists and researchers employ a wide range of tools for conducting advanced research in fundamental nuclear science, nuclear astrophysics, and accelerator physics.

Important applications of the research conducted at NSCL benefit society in numerous areas, including new tools for radiation treatments of cancer patients and the assessment of health risks to astronauts.

Funded primarily by the National Science Foundation and MSU, NSCL operates two superconducting cyclotrons. The K500 was the world's first cyclotron to use superconducting magnets and our K1200 is the highest-energy continuous beam accelerator in the nation. Using these and other related devices, we have learned more about the origins of the elements in the cosmos. Having coupled the two cyclotrons to make even rarer isotopes, we continue to gain a better understanding of atomic nuclei.

More than 700 scientists from the United States and abroad have come to NSCL. They recognize NSCL for its nuclear physics research and innovations in accelerator design. U.S. News and World Report ranks the MSU nuclear physics Ph.D. program as number two in the nation.


1 Cyclotron
East Lansing, MI 48824-1321 USA

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