New research planned for high-energy physics

November 23, 2020, 10:37AMNuclear News

The DOE is expected to fund high-energy physics research at its Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, shown in this rendering. Image: Fermilab

The Department of Energy plans to provide $100 million over the next four years for new research in high-energy physics. The research is expected to focus on topics such as the Higgs boson, neutrinos, dark matter, and dark energy in an effort to advance understanding of the universe at the most fundamental level. The Office of High Energy Physics (HEP) within the DOE’s Office of Science is sponsoring the research funding opportunity.

The DOE’s funding opportunity announcement, “FY 2021 Research Opportunities in High Energy Physics,” can be found on the HEP funding opportunities page.

High-energy physics serves as a cornerstone of America’s science efforts, the DOE said on November 17, adding that it plays a major role in nurturing top scientific talent and building and sustaining the nation’s scientific workforce. Applications will be open to universities, industry, and nonprofit institutions, with awards selected by competitive peer review and contingent on congressional appropriations.

Research topics: Research to be supported under the DOE initiative is expected to include experimental work on neutrinos at the department’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; the search for dark matter with the LZ (LUX-ZEPLIN) experiment one mile below the Black Hills of South Dakota; the analysis of Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument data relating to dark energy and the expansion of the universe; and the investigation of data from proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Other projects are aimed to further developments in particle physics theory, advanced particle accelerators, and new detector technologies.

Sustaining the workforce: “The high-energy physics community is exploring the universe from the smallest particles to the farthest reaches of space, said Chris Fall, director of the DOE’s Office of Science. “These investments will help sustain our nation’s scientific workforce and keep American scientists in the forefront of this vital global pursuit of knowledge and discovery.”

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