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 the 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.