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Melissa Motichek
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RELEASE: 03-046

February 4, 2003

NASA has selected 14 researchers to receive grants totaling more than $5.2 million over four years to conduct fundamental physics research on Earth and in space. This research will seek knowledge that will expand understanding of space, time and matter.

Sponsored by NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research, the research offers investigators the advantage of a low-gravity and space environment to enhance understanding of physical, biological and chemical processes associated with fundamental physics.

Eight of these grants are to continue work currently being funded by NASA, and six represent new research. Researchers will use NASA's microgravity research facilities such as drop-tubes, drop-towers, aircraft flying parabolic trajectories, and sounding rockets.

NASA received 51 proposals in response to the research announcement in this area. The proposals were peer reviewed by scientific and technical experts from academia and government. See below for a list of awardees (by state), their institutions, and research titles.

NRA:01-OBPR-08 E Fundamental Physics PI Funding Information

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  • Ho Jung Paik
    University of Maryland, College Park
    Short-range Inverse-square Law Experiment in Space


  • Harvey Gould
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Berkeley, CA
    Feasibility Study for an Electron Electric Dipole Moment Experiment with Slow Atoms in Microgravity
  • Melora Larson
    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Pasadena, CA
    Experiments Along Coexistence Near Tricriticality (EXACT)
  • John Lipa
    Stanford University
    Stanford, CA
    Universality Tests on DYNAMAX
  • Richard E. Packard
    University of California Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
    Development of High Sensitivity Sensors of Absolute Rotation using Quantum Phase Coherence in Superfluid Helium


  • Scott A. Diddams
    National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Boulder, CO
    Compact Femtosecond-Laser-Based Optical Synthesizers for Precision Measurements and Atomic Clocks in the Optical Domain
  • Murray J. Holland
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    Boulder, CO
    Generation of Fragile and Strongly Correlated Quantum States in Bose-Einstein Condensed Gases


  • Juha Javanainen
    University of Connecticut
    Storrs, CT
    Quantum Optics Style Theory for Degenerate Bose and Fermi Gases


  • Michael S. Chapman
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Atlanta, GA
    All-optical Atomic Bose Condensates


  • Mikhail Anisimov
    University of Maryland, College Park
    College Park, MD
    Experimental Investigation of Impurity Effects on the Two-Phase Isochoric Heat Capacity Near the 3He Critical Point
  • Steven L. Rolston
    National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Gaithersburg, MD
    Quantum Transport in Optical Lattices


  • Lene V. Hau
    Harvard University
    Cambridge, MA
    Ultra-slow and Stopped Light in Microgravity
  • Nikolay V. Prokofiev
    University of Massachusetts
    Amherst, MA
    Monte Carlo Study of Superfluid Bosonic Systems

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  • David M. Lee
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY
    Studies of Atomic Free Radicals in a Cryogenic Environment

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