• MoNA

    The Modular Neutron Array is composed of 144 individual detector bars that can be assembled in a variety of configurations.

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  • LISA

    The Large multi-Institution Scintillator Arrayis used in conjunction with MoNA to increase our ability to measure angular distributions of reaction neutrons as well as improve resolution and/or efficiency of the detector system.

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  • The Team

    The MoNA Collaboration includes faculty from Michigan State University, Hope College, Indiana University South Bend, Wabash College, Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Concordia College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Augustana College, and Davidson College

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  • Our impact

    The collaboration includes undergraduate students, graduate students, as well as faculty and scientists from a diverse group of institutions, including research universities, national laboratories, HBCUs, and liberal arts colleges. These students often further their education and enter careers in STEM areas.



The MoNA collaboration explores the most neutron-rich nuclei that can exist. Working together, our experiments probe the limits of nuclear stability using MoNA-LISA, a set of large-area high efficiency neutron detectors housed at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. These detector arrays were built with roughly $2.3M support from theĀ National Science Foundation and most of the construction and testing was done by undergraduates. This tradition of undergraduate involvement has led to more than two hundred students having been part of the collaboration, and 45% of these have gone on to do graduate work in physics or astronomy, 25% have done graduate work in engineering or other sciences, and 30% entered employment after graduation. Their contributions have been integral to over fifty peer-reviewed publications. The core ten principal investigators come from selective liberal arts colleges, major research universities, and National Laboratories, bringing a diverse group of faculty and students together to explore the very edge of the chart of the nuclides.

The collaboration is excited to have two proposals accepted by the first FRIB PAC! Please see our news page for details.


MoNA Annual Report

Annual Report