- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University is celebrating a key point in its history as a center for nuclear physics research as plans move forward for future work on campus.

The East Lansing school holds an event Thursday at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre.

Past and present employees of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, including former director Sam Austin, are participating. Austin is the author of a book on the cyclotron that chronicles the early days of nuclear research at the school through the present day.

Michigan State says the school’s first particle beam was accelerated 50 years ago at what was known as the K50 cyclotron. That cyclotron evolved into the more-powerful K500 and K1200, and construction is taking place on the $730 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.





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