About the NSCL Laboratory

Message from the NSCL Laboratory Director

Brad Sherrill NSCL is one of the world’s flagship nuclear science research facilities. It is funded by the National Science Foundation to be a national user facility with a mission to provide beams of rare isotopes for researchers from around the world. Hundreds of users come to Michigan State University each year to take advantage of our facilities and explore the inner workings of atoms and their role in the universe.

We are committed in our mission to serve the scientific community and operate the NSCL in a way that lets researchers perform ground-breaking experiments. We are also committed to assist in preparation for the next great advance in nuclear science, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, when it is completed after 2020.  Along the way we are developing the tools for the next generation of particle accelerators and new applications of our technology for science and society. Education is a big part of what we do with over 150 Michigan State University undergraduate and graduate students involved in laboratory activities, plus many more from other institutions. We strive to do all this safely and in a way that is inclusive of a diverse and talented staff.

Please take some time to explore our website. I hope it is informative and expresses some of the excitement of the research that is carried out at our laboratory. If you would like to know more about us and what we do, please sign-up for a tour or contact us for more information.

In the process, I hope you will join us on a voyage of discovery to explore the secrets of the atomic nucleus, search for its origins in the cosmos, and quest to find ways nuclear properties can benefit society.

Brad Sherrill, NSCL Laboratory Director