The NSCL is one of the core institutions of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA), a new NSF Physics Frontiers Center on Nuclear Astrophysics beginning in August 2003.
JINA has been formed to help identify and address the critical questions in nuclear astrophysics, including:
JINA carries out an active research program to address these questions. Some of the world’s leading accelerator facilities, computational models, and observatories are used in these studies. JINA fosters a truly interdisciplinary approach to nuclear astrophysics that seeks to overcome the boundaries between astrophysics and nuclear physics as well as those between experiment and theory.
MSU participates in JINA through an extensive experimental program in nuclear astrophysics at NSCL, a program in observational astrophysics through MSU’s astronomy group, and a program in theoretical nuclear astrophysics that includes modeling of nucleosynthesis processes at both the Department of Physics and Astronomy and NSCL.