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Cafe Scientifique

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You are cordially invited to come and chat with a scientist about an interesting and/or controversial science topic.  Patterned after the International Cafe Scientifique, the Science Department has initiated an outreach program to promote public interest in science.
Our goal is simply to have regularly scheduled sessions for informal discussions of scientific topics.

Schuler Books & Music
Meridian Mall, Okemos
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:00pm

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Isotope Harvesting: From Accelerator Facilities to Society

At the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), a particle beam is accelerated to create nuclear reactions and exotic, radioactive products. Nuclear physicists study these radioactive products to understand more about the nucleus, fundamental laws of nature, and how the elements were formed. A large part of the accelerated beam produced at this facility does not react and currently goes unused. One way to use this “left-over” beam is to send it to a secondary target where it can react further. This method is called isotope harvesting and it produces radioactive species that can be useful for applications in fields such as nuclear medicine, nuclear forensics, and plant biology to name a few. Experiments in isotope harvesting are on-going at the NSCL and are planned for the next generation accelerator at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. In this talk, Paige Abel of the NSCL will discuss the principles of isotope harvesting and some of the possible applications of “harvested” radionuclides.

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Arts & Sciences Building, Room 3203
Phone: (517) 483-1092
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