Basic research in nuclear physics using radioactive beams is a field that has been developing rapidly in recent years. The scientific case for advanced, high power facilities has been made repeatedly by the nuclear science community and this case has been endorsed recently by the Rare Isotope Science Assessment Committee that was set up by the National Research Council of the National Academies. Their report concluded that the U.S. should give high priority to the construction of a next-generation radioactive beam facility that would enable important advancements in nuclear science that will not be possible with other existing or planned facilities in the global context. In this talk I will show how the planned U.S. facility can address these opportunities and how it compares with other advanced facilities in the world. This will involve a comparison of the technologies chosen for the production of radioactive beams at the other laboratories and the technical advances that have become the underpinnings of the U.S. proposal.
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