(NextGov) The Energy Department aims to fund up to $10 million for research and development projects that fuse nuclear physics and quantum information science to drive transformative outcomes. A key objective of this program is to identify and capitalize on unique opportunities to advance both QIS and nuclear science research in ways that align with the national strategy for QIS,” DOE Associate Director of Science for Nuclear Physics Timothy Hallman said in a statement.
Topics of interest to be pursued in this case include quantum computation and simulations, nuclear physics detectors and more.
Approximately $10 million is anticipated to be made available for all awards under this announcement over several years, and up to $5 million will potentially be made available this fiscal year. The number, duration and size of awards will be dependent on the money that’s made available, the document noted. Click here for DOE “Funding Opportunity” document.
Nuclear physics, or NP, hones in on what happens at the very center of an atom—the nucleus—and explores the properties of different forms of nuclear matter. Using advanced computers, those conducting theoretical research calculate interactions involving quarks and gluons, which form protons and neutrons. On the experimental side, tools like quantum sensors and other tools can be used to better understand these elements and the structure of nuclei.
The 80-page funding announcement provides many, more specific details across five research opportunities. Beyond just weedy scientific assets and areas of study—like for sensors to exploit distinct quantum phenomena—the agency also includes tasks to help build the quantum workforce and boost engagement across multiple sectors.