By Doug Beck
February 16, 2017
We are excited to announce that Prof. Liang Yang has been awarded an NSF Career Award for the period 2017-2021 in the amount of $750k. This is a very competitive NSF-wide program that “offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.” Prof. Yang will use the support primarily for work associated with EXO-200, the ground-breaking Xe-136 neutrinoless double beta decay experiment for which he serves as co-spokesperson. The focus will be on data-taking and analysis over the next few years as the collaboration works to improve, in particular, the energy resolution of the experiment. In addition to providing one of the most stringent constraints on the existence of so-called Majorana neutrinos (neutrino is its own anti-particle), EXO-200 also serves as a test bed for a possible tonne-scale experiment currently being planned by the community. Congratulations Liang!