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Award Abstract #1229060

MRI-Consortium: Development of the Forward Tagger for the CLAS12 Detector at Jefferson Lab

NSF Org: PHY
Division Of Physics
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Initial Amendment Date: August 31, 2012
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Latest Amendment Date: August 31, 2012
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Award Number: 1229060
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Bogdan Mihaila
PHY Division Of Physics
MPS Direct For Mathematical & Physical Scien
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Start Date: September 1, 2012
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End Date: August 31, 2015 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $89,271.00
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Investigator(s): Kevin Giovanetti giovankl@jmu.edu (Principal Investigator)
Maria Niculescu (Co-Principal Investigator)
Gabriel Niculescu (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: James Madison University
MSC 5728
HARRISONBURG, VA 22807-7000 (540)568-6872
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NSF Program(s): MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION
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Program Reference Code(s): 1189
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Program Element Code(s): 1189

ABSTRACT

This MRI grant will help support the development of a particle detector being built by an international collaboration of scientists. The primary objective for the experiment using this detector is the search for new and exotic forms of matter. Regular matter is made from protons, neutrons and electrons. Many other types of particles are known, but some short-lived particles are predicted to exist from theoretical models of the theory of the strong force, called quantum chromodynamics (QCD). When high-energy photons strike a proton target, many particles are produced, and some of these may be the predicted exotic particles such as glueballs or hybrid mesons.

In the process of developing this instrumentation, physicists train students in the use of high-technology equipment and electronics. Some of these students go on to develop new uses of the technology, such as the diagnostic equipment used in many hospitals, including MRI, CAT and PET scanners. The economic impact of a highly-trained workforce is well-documented. The development of this equipment will train students with high technology skills that are needed in today's marketplace, while adding to our understanding of QCD.

 

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