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2002 NASA/JPL Workshop for Fundamental Physics in Space title

Conference Dates: May 9-11, 2002

Embassy Suites Hotel-Mandalay The 75 persons attending the 2003 Fundamental Physics workshop enjoyed presentations ranging from forces acting on RNA, to properties of clouds of degenerate Fermi atoms, to techniques to probe for added space-time dimensions, and to flight hardware for low temperature experiments, amongst others. The wide range of subjects kept everyone scrambling to follow the rapid changes of reference frames.

Randy Hulet of Rice University
Randy Hulet
Randy Hulet, of Rice University, talked about Li-6 atoms cooled to Fermi degeneracy by sympathetic cooling with Li-7. Wolfgang Ketterle of MIT
Wolfgang Ketterle

Wolfgang Ketterle of MIT, shown here in his lab, also described a degenerate Fermi system.

Mark Lee from NASA Headquarters described the new strategic plan that NASA has developed under Administrator Sean O'Keefe's leadership. Mark explained how the Fundamental Physics community now needs to align its research program and the Roadmap describing the long-term goals of that program with the NASA plan.

Ulf Israelsson of JPL discussed how the rewrite of the roadmap will be implemented under the leadership of the Fundamental Physics Discipline Working Group. Nick Bigelow, chair of the DWG, outlined how investigators can contribute to the writing of the roadmap.

Rob Duncan of the University of New Mexico
Rob Duncan
Rob Duncan, of the University of New Mexico, spoke of new technology for studying superfluid helium. He is PI of the DYNAMX flight experiment. John Lipa of Stanford University
John Lipa

John Lipa, of Stanford University, described SUMO, a flight experiment to explore Gravitation and Relativity Physics.

One highlight of the workshop was the talk by Andrew Lange of Caltech at the Tuesday-evening banquet. Prof. Lange described how nonuniformities in the Cosmic Microwave Background reflect development of the Universe after the Big Bang and constrain theories of its evolution. Prof. Lange obligingly fielded questions for nearly an hour after his presentation ended.

NOTE: The 2002 proceedings are now available on-line.

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