Isotope harvesting at FRIB: Additional opportunities for scientific discovery

E. Paige Abel, Mikael Avilov, Virginia Ayres, Eva Birnbaum, Georg Bollen, Greg Bonito, Todd Bredeweg, Hannah Clause, Aaron Couture, Joe Devore, Matt Dietrich, Paul Ellison, Jonathan Engle, Richard Ferrieri, Jonathan Fitzsimmons, Moshe Friedman, Dali Georgobiani, Stephen Graves, John Greene, Suzanne LapiC. Shaun Loveless, Tara Mastren, Cecilia Martinez-Gomez, Sean McGuinness, Wolfgang Mittig, David Morrissey, Graham Peaslee, Frederique Pellemoine, J. David Robertson, Nicholas Scielzo, Matthew Scott, Gregory Severin*, Dawn Shaughnessy, Jennifer Shusterman, Jaideep Singh, Mark Stoyer, Logan Sutherlin, Ate Visser, John Wilkinson

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The upcoming Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University provides a new opportunity to access some of the world's most specialized scientific resources: radioisotopes. An excess of useful radioisotopes will be formed as FRIB fulfills its basic science mission of providing rare isotope beams. In order for the FRIB beams to reach high-purity, many of the isotopes are discarded and go unused. If harvested, the unused isotopes could enable new research for diverse applications ranging from medical therapy and diagnosis to nuclear security. Given that FRIB will have the capability to create about 80% of all possible atomic nuclei, harvesting at FRIB will provide a fast path for access to a vast array of isotopes of interest in basic and applied science investigations. To fully realize this opportunity, infrastructure investment is required to enable harvesting and purification of otherwise unused isotopes. An investment in isotope harvesting at FRIB will provide a powerful resource for development of crucial isotope applications. In 2010, the United States Department of Energy Office of Science, Nuclear Physics, sponsored the first 'Workshop on Isotope Harvesting at FRIB', convening researchers from diverse fields to discuss the scientific impact and technical feasibility of isotope harvesting. Following the initial meeting, a series of biennial workshops was organized. At the fourth workshop, at Michigan State University in 2016, the community elected to prepare a formal document to present their findings. This report is the output of the working group, drawing on contributions and discussions with a broad range of scientific experts.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number100501
JournalJournal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 20 Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • applied radioisotopes
  • isotope harvesting
  • isotope production
  • radiochemistry


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