NSCL/FRIB Director Konrad Gelbke

Welcome to the website of NSCL (National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory) at Michigan State University (MSU). Over the past two decades, NSCL has grown into one of the nation’s flagship user facilities and its premier facility for rare isotope research. NSCL receives funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to operate its facility for users and to support research of NSCL faculty and staff. In 2009, the Department of Energy (DOE) selected MSU to establish the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) as the world’s most powerful rare isotope beam facility (www.frib.msu.edu). FRIB will be built adjoint to NSCL and thereby make effective use of the existing infrastructure. When FRIB construction is complete, NSCL will merge into FRIB, and the DOE will provide funding to operate FRIB. The facility will be one of its flagship user facilities for basic nuclear physics research and an international hub for rare isotope research.

I invite you to spend some time on our website and learn more about the exciting discovery prospects of rare isotope science and related disciplines. Exploding stars, newly discovered isotopes, the forces that bind together the basic building blocks of the universe, accelerator science and technology, and societal applications are just a few of the topics you will find discussed. And if your time spent online whets your appetite for nuclear physics but does not satiate your curiosity, please come and visit the laboratory, take a tour, and see firsthand the machines uncovering the mysteries of the universe on a daily basis.

About the Director

Konrad Gelbke earned a Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D. equivalent) in physics at the University of Heidelberg in 1973. He spent several years as a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California before joining NSCL in 1977.

Since then, he has dedicated more than 30 years establishing a world-class experimental nuclear physics research program at MSU. During that time, he has balanced his administrative duties with his own experimental projects, teaching the next generation of nuclear physicists and serving on several national committees including three years as the Chair of the DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee.

For additional background on Gelbke, please see his directory profile.