Prof. Tiku Majumder receives NSF grant (2014)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Williams College physics professor Protik Majumder a 3-year, $347,000 grant to continue his precise spectroscopic studies of atoms aimed ultimately at testing the Standard Model of particle physics.

Majumder’s project, “High-Precision Atomic Structure Measurements and Tests of Fundamental Physics in Group IIIA Atoms”, will measure the properties of the heavy metal atoms indium and thallium in unprecedented detail using semiconductor diode lasers. The data obtained from this research will improve theoretical understanding of these complex atoms.  These table-top experiments will complement and help reinforce results produced by scientists at large particle accelerator facilities.

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