80 Years of Nuclear Science at Notre Dame

Faculty, staff, and students affiliated with the Nuclear Science Laboratory celebrated its 80th anniversary. Originally called the Nuclear Structure Laboratory, it created an “atom smasher” that contributed to work on the Manhattan Project. The lab now includes three accelerators that are used to conduct research into nuclear astrophysics, nuclear structure, the half-life of radioactive particles, and environmental contaminants. Faculty also have installed a low-energy accelerator in an abandoned gold mine in South Dakota.