NSF RII Track 2, 2014-17: Imaging and Controlling Ultrafast Dynamics of Atoms, Molecules, and Nanostructure
Principal Investigator: F. Fred Choobineh
Co-PI: Anthony Starace
Award # EPS 1430519
The National Science Foundation is awarding nearly $6 million to Nebraska and Kansas for collaborative research on ultrafast dynamics of atoms, molecules and nanostructures.
Physicists, chemists, and electrical engineers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas will work together to advance the imaging and control of how light interacts with matter. The work aims to benefit laser technology, solar energy capture, nanotechnology, and optogenetics (the neuroscientific study of genetically light-sensitized neurons).
In addition to the research, the consortium’s planned education, outreach, and workforce development activities will involve partnerships with small colleges in Nebraska and Kansas, summer workshops for high school physics teachers, and a variety of programs for students.
The grant is one of three science and engineering regional consortia to receive funding totaling nearly $18 million for 2014-17 through NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
The chief NU scientist on this project is Anthony F. Starace, UNL George Holmes Distinguished Professor with the Department of Physics.