Scientists recreate cosmic reactions to unlock astronomical mysteries
How do the chemical elements, the building blocks of our universe, get built? This question has been at the core of nuclear physics for the better part of a century.
At the beginning of the 20th century, scientists discovered that elements have a central core or nucleus. These nuclei consist of various numbers of protons and neutrons.
Now, scientists at Michigan State University’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) have built and tested a device that will allow pivotal insights into heavy elements, or elements with very large…