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How ORISE is Making a Difference

How ORISE is Making a Difference

The University Radioactive Ion Beam (UNIRIB) consortium, a division of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), is a collaborative partnership involving Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and universities interested in exotic nuclei and astrophysics research. Technologies and techniques developed by UNIRIB researchers working at ORNL’s Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility (HRIBF) enable study of the very short-lived, exotic nuclei involved in astrophysical processes.

HRIBF is the only place in the world that can┬áproduce radioactive ion beams at the energies required to perform transfer reactions for the study of exotic nuclei. This means that researchers from around the world—undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and university faculty—come to Oak Ridge to learn and pursue cutting edge science.

To learn more about how UNIRIB is making a difference in scientific research, education and training, browse through some of the participant experiences and technical development examples listed below:

Cara Jost

Cara Jost

Cara Jost is a Ph.D. student in chemistry from the University of Mainz (Germany) who is serving as a research scholar studying ion source development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Ron Goans

Ron Goans

Ron Goans is a graduate research assistant with UNIRIB who is working on the thesis component of his master’s degree in physics.

Technical Developments

Technical Developments

UNIRIB personnel conduct basic nuclear physics research using the fast-growing technique of radioactive ion beams. Learn about UNIRIB equipment and the consortium’s latest technical developments in astrophysical nuclear research.