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U.S. Senator Manchin announces $387,194 for two physics research projects at West Virginia University

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CHARLESTON, W.VA. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced $387,194 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for two physics research projects at West Virginia University (WVU).

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

The funding will support critical research into light-shaping structures and semiconductor microcavities.

“West Virginia University continues to make our state proud with important and cutting-edge scientific research initiatives,” said Senator Manchin. “I’m pleased that the National Institute of Standards and Technology is supporting our hardworking students, faculty and staff involved with these two innovative physics projects, which will advance our understanding of light science and its role in our daily lives. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue advocating for resources to bolster research opportunities across the Mountain State.”

Individual awards listed below:

  • $249,549 – West Virginia University: Advancing Fabrication of Inversely Designed Quantum Nanophotonic Devices
    • This project will design and fabricate nanoscopic light-shaping structures containing emitters of quantum light, which will inform optical quantum computation and communication.
  • $137,645 – West Virginia University: Coherent Phenomena of Semiconductor Microcavity Heterostructures and Composite Photonic Nanostructures
    • This project will investigate semiconductor microcavities and photonic devices, which are critical for a wide range of applications, especially in information processing, ranging, imaging, sensing and quantum technologies.