Consortium Awarded $4.35 Million NSF PIRE Grant

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Principal investigator Dongming Mei examines the quality of a grown germanium crystal with Guojian Wang, an assistant professor, and Alex Larson, a graduate student, in the crystal growth lab at University of South Dakota. Credit: Hao Mei and Bill Wen

The University of South Dakota is leading an international physics research project that has received a $4.35 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The five-year effort by the Partnership International Research and Education program will work to advance germanium materials for developing detectors and other technologies in the study of dark matter and neutrinos.

The consortium involves six universities in the United States, two national labs and four international institutes from Canada, China, Germany and Taiwan.

“The general properties of neutrinos and the nature of dark matter are currently two of the most important questions in fundamental physics,” said Dongming Mei of the Department of Physics at USD and the principle investigator. “Understanding these questions could unlock physics beyond the Standard Model, the basic but incomplete framework for fundamental forces and particle interaction.”

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