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Research Scientist Receives $10,000 Grant

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Sarah Phillips, a postdoctoral research scientist in the department of physics, received the 2012 JSA Postdoctoral Research Grant at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia.

Phillips will use the $10,000 grant to build a piece of equipment for an experiment to see a predicted, but never-before-seen state of matter called true muonium. True muonium can be thought of as a rare atom made out of two particles that are similar to electrons, called muons. Muons are produced high above Earth when cosmic rays strike the atmosphere. Two types of muons, a muon and an antimuon, combine to form true muonium.

"It's quite rare. And I think that's probably why it hasn't been observed before. Unless you were specifically looking for it, you'd just completely miss it, I think," Phillips says.

More information about Phillips’s research is here: http://www.jlab.org/news/releases/2012/research_grant_winner.html