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ACU physics research group receives grant

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Aug. 16, 2005

Abilene Christian University’s particle physics research group will receive part of a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, which will be used in funding an upgrade of the Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction Experiment, or PHENIX, detector at Brookhaven National Laboratory. 

The NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation grant will be divided among four schools – ACU, the University of California at Riverside, Iowa State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ACU will receive about $165,000.

PHENIX is about 15 years old and ACU has been a member since 2000. The primary objective of PHENIX is to discover and study the quark-gluon plasma in addition to discerning the origin of the proton spin.

The research group has been working with the PHENIX detector at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. Included in the group is Dr. Michael Sadler, professor of physics; Rusty Towell, assistant professor of physics; and Dr. Donald Isenhower, professor and chair of the Department of Physics, in addition to several undergraduate students. During the past six years, 25 ACU students have worked on the PHENIX project.

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