DOE announces $1.89 million for U.S.-Japan cooperative research in high-energy physics


WASHINGTON, DC, June 2, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $1.89 million for 14 collaborative high-energy physics research projects that extend a strong history of collaboration with Japanese researchers.

For more than forty years, collaboration between American and Japanese scientists has made progress in some of the most challenging areas of high-energy physics. Working together, researchers have explored the universe at the smallest and largest scales, from the most basic constituents of matter and energy to the nature of space and time. The long history of U.S.-Japan cooperation includes many important milestones, such as the contributions of Japanese collaborators to the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron Collider to the discovery of the top quark in 1995. High physics energies continues to play a major role in developing top scientific talent and in building and sustaining the country’s scientific workforce.

“Our office welcomes the continued fruitful collaboration with our scientific colleagues in Japan,” said Harriet Kung, DOE Deputy Director for Science Programs in the Office of Science and Acting Associate Director of Science for High Energy Physics. (HEP). “We are confident that this company will continue to produce cutting-edge discovery science that will also benefit society as a whole.”

Projects funded in this announcement will support ongoing experiments and technology development of mutual benefit to U.S.-Japan collaborations. Research topics include advancing the understanding of neutrinos, quantum detection, superconducting magnets and cavities, and machine learning, as well as developing particle accelerator and solid-state detector technologies that will benefit future research in these areas.

Projects submitted to the DOE were selected by peer review under the DOE’s National Laboratory Announcement for the U.S.-Japan Science and Technology Cooperation Program in High-Energy Physics. The Japanese principal investigator for each U.S.-Japan collaboration proposal applied for a coordinated call from the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) in Japan for support in the joint activity. Final selections were determined with strategic coordination between DOE and KEK, with each providing funding to the US and Japanese awards, respectively.

Total funding is $1.89 million for projects up to three years in duration. The list of projects can be found on the HEP homepage under the heading “What’s new.”

Source: DOE Office of Science


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