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Doing Business As Name:University of Maryland College Park
  • Jordan A Goodman
  • (301) 405-6033
  • Andrew J Smith
Award Date:06/14/2019
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 1,770,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 590,000
  • FY 2019=$590,000
Start Date:09/01/2019
End Date:08/31/2022
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.049
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:WoU-MMA: Multi-Messenger Astrophysics with HAWC
Federal Award ID Number:1912708
DUNS ID:790934285
Parent DUNS ID:003256088
Program:Particle Astrophysics/Cosmic P
Program Officer:
  • Jean Allen
  • (703) 292-8783

Awardee Location

Street:3112 LEE BLDG 7809 Regents Drive
County:College Park
Awardee Cong. District:05

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Maryland College Park
Street:4296 Stadium Drive
City:College Park
County:College Park
Cong. District:05

Abstract at Time of Award

Gamma-rays are the highest energy form of electromagnetic radiation. Observations of astrophysical gamma-rays serve as probes of physical conditions and processes in the most extreme environments throughout the Universe and can be used to test fundamental physics. The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) observatory, located on the slopes of the Sierra Negra in Mexico, is a ground-based facility designed with unique capabilities to observe very high energy gamma-rays. This award supports scientists at the University of Maryland College Park in their leadership roles in the operation of the observatory and in the scientific analysis of the HAWC data. The group will continue activities to optimize the sensitivity of the observatory and pursue scientific research on transient gamma-ray sources and newly discovered very high energy sources. This award will allow the group to continue and expand their outreach efforts, which include outreach to the Hispanic-American community with bi-lingual products related to HAWC. With its large instantaneous field of view and continuous operations HAWC surveys two-thirds of the sky every day. The University of Maryland group will continue their study of transient sources with HAWC as part of a multi-messenger and multi-wavelength campaign. They will also continue their work producing maps and conducting surveys to reveal new high energy gamma-ray sources. In addition, they will continue to lead the effort to exploit the novel water Cherenkov detection technique to improve the sensitivity of HAWC. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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