Particle physics research

DOE announces $78 million for high-energy physics research

WASHINGTON DC., July 14, 2022 — The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $78 million in funding for 58 research projects that will spur new discoveries in high-energy physics. The projects, housed at 44 colleges and universities in 22 states, explore the basic science of the universe that also underpins technological advancements in medicine, computing, energy technologies, manufacturing, national security, etc.

“Particle physics continues to play a key role in keeping America at the forefront of science and engineering. Our investment in basic HEP research remains critical to advancing tomorrow’s innovations,” said Director of the Office of Science Asmeret Asefaw Berhe.

Serving as the cornerstone of America’s scientific research enterprise, DOE’s High Energy Physics (HEP) Program plays a major role in developing top scientific talent and building and retaining the workforce. country scientist. The primary goal of the High Energy Physics program is to provide a deeper understanding of how our universe works at its most fundamental level. Particle accelerators and other tools developed in pursuit of this goal often meet other societal needs. For example, the pharmaceutical industry uses beams of X-rays created by DOE particle accelerators to develop more effective drugs to fight disease.

The projects selected in today’s announcement cover a wide range of topics at the frontiers of particle physics, including the Higgs boson, neutrinos, dark matter, dark energy, quantum theory and research. of new physics. Here is a sample of the projects:

  • The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) — Researchers from the University of Utah and the University of California at Irvine will collect precision spectra from millions of galaxies to advance our understanding of dark energy, working at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.
  • The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN — Fifteen teams of researchers who have submitted high-merit, high-impact proposals will carry out research when the LHC resumes operations in July. Award-winning scientists also take on roles and responsibilities in the ongoing upgrades to the high-luminosity detectors, which will further enhance the potential for scientific discovery at the LHC throughout this decade and into the next.
  • The Muon g-2 experiment and the MicroBooNE experiment — The Intensity Frontier experiments at Fermilab are on the verge of achieving significant results in precision studies of the properties of muons and neutrinos. Researchers from the University of Rochester and the Illinois Institute of Technology play an important role in the Intensity Frontier program.

The projects are managed by the Office of High Energy Physics of the DOE Office of Science.

The full list of projects and more information can be found here.

Source: DOE Office of Science