Hawaii professor wins competitive research funds

Sven Vahsen
Sven Vahsen

HONOLULU (AP) - The National Science Foundation has awarded a University of Hawaii physics professor nearly $220,000 to develop a new type of particle detector.

The funds will support the first year of Assistant Professor Sven Vahsen's three year project.

The University of Hawaii said in a news release Monday the particle detector would record the trajectories of electrically charged particles in three dimensions, with unprecedented precision.

The same underlying technology may also enable the directional detection of neutral particles - such as dark matter particles left over from the Big Bang.

UH recently hired Vahsen from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Vahsen received his doctorate in physics from Princeton University in 2003.

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