About the NSCL Laboratory

Message from the NSCL Laboratory Director

Brad Sherrill stands next to a detector in the NSCL Lab.

The National Science Foundation’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, NSCL, is a national user facility with the mission to allow scientists from all over the world to make scientific discoveries about the inner workings of atoms and their role in the universe. Nearly 1000 scientists per year benefit from our unique capabilities to produce forms of the elements not normally found on Earth, called rare isotopes. For use in research, rare isotopes must be produced with a particle accelerator like the NSCL’s cyclotrons.

We are committed to our role to serve the scientific community and operate the NSCL in a way that lets researchers succeed. 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 in 2022.  Along the way, we are developing next generation particle accelerators and new applications of our technology for science and society. Education is a big part of what we do with over 200 Michigan State University undergraduate and graduate students plus many more from other institutions involved in laboratory activities. 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 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.

We would love to have you join us in our journey to explore atoms and how the universe works.

Brad Sherrill, NSCL Laboratory Director


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