Fundamental physics is the study of the basic laws that govern the properties of the
physical world on all scales, from microscopic to cosmic. The primary focus of the
discipline is on acquiring new knowledge about our world and our universe. The
microgravity environment improves fundamental physics research because investigations
can yield entirely new or substantially improved results when the obscuring effects
of Earth's gravity are not present.
Fundamental Physics is one of five science disciplines under the
Program of NASA's Office
of Biological and Physical Research. (The other four
science disciplines are: biotechnology, combustion science, fluid physics, and
materials science.) The program sponsors researchers from academia, industry,
and government agencies who require microgravity environments for investigations
in physics that are difficult or impossible to study on Earth because phenomena
and processes are masked by Earth's gravity. Research proposals in fundamental
physics and the other microgravity disciplines are solicited through
Fundamental Physics Experiments can be organized in four "campaigns" that define sets of focused investigations.
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important Documents, our
week-to-week announcements of progress or events (Significant Events),
links to some papers that have resulted from our research activities (Results),
and lists of personnel working in our program (PIs and personnel).
What's New in Fundamental Physics? Here's the latest, including recent press releases.