Charles Brown awarded Air Force Research Laboratory Young Investigator Program Award

January 9, 2024

Yale Physics assistant professor Charles D. Brown II has received an award from the Air Force Research Laboratory Young Investigator Program (YIP) for his project “Exploring Exotic Transport Properties of Quasicrystals Using Ultracold Atoms in an Optical Decagonal Quasicrystal Lattice”.

Brown said, “It’s a huge honor to be recognized with this award, among the many talented junior faculty across the nation.” Brown continued, “I’m thrilled to have already secured my first external grant, which will provide critical support for completing the construction of my group’s ultracold atom machine, and for exploring intriguing physics.”

Brown was one of 48 scientists and engineers from 36 institutions and businesses in 20 states receiving this award. The  Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) received 159 proposals for funding this year.

YIP recipients receive three-year grants of up to $450,000. The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are scientists and engineers at U.S. research institutions. Individuals must have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last seven years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research of relevance to the Department of the Air Force (DAF). 

The AFOSR expands the horizon of scientific knowledge through its leadership and management of DAF’s basic research program. As a vital component of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR’s mission is to discover, shape, champion and transition high- risk basic research that profoundly impacts the future Air and Space Forces.

See below for the Air Force Research Laboratory news item of December 22, 2023 by Brianna Hodges (Air Force Reseach Laboratory Public Affairs) and other related links.

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