Two SLAC Scientists receive $5 million in Early Career Research grants

Ariel Schwartzman
Ariel Schwartzman
Yuantao Ding

Chosen from 1,750 applicants nationwide, SLAC scientists YUANTAO DING and ARIEL SCHWARTZMAN have been awarded five-year grants from the U.S. Department of Energy. Ding and Schwartzman each will receive at least $500,000 a year to cover salary and research expenses.

The Early Career Research Program awarded 69 young scientists with a total of $85 million. The scientists are tenure-track assistant professors at U.S. academic institutions or national laboratory scientists who received their doctorates within the past 10 years.

Using SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source laser, Ding and his coworkers are figuring out how to produce X-ray pulses that could potentially enable scientists to track electrons zipping around in atoms. The work has widespread applications in physics, chemistry and biology.

Schwartzman is searching for new physics at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. His work will help shed light on key mysteries in physics: the origin of dark matter, the Higgs boson and the hierarchy problem.