FIGURE C.7 Division budgets since 1985 (in thousands of FY1997 dollars) within NSF’s Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate.

SOURCE: Data from NSF.

Nuclear Physics. Total spending was estimated to be $30 million in FY 1997. The HEP program supports university and laboratory groups through continuing grants and contracts and additional money for major projects. In FY 1997, 230 groups were supported at 100 universities. The total budget for this effort was about $13 million, of which about $2.3 million was designated for equipment for the shuttle/space station-based antimatter search, Super Kamiokande (solar, atmospheric, and supernova neutrino and proton decay detector), and MILAGRO and Granite (high-energy gamma-ray detectors). Approximately $12 million was spent at DOE laboratories on astrophysics. Fermilab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center all have significant efforts in astrophysics. The Division of Nuclear Physics supports several theoretical nuclear astrophysics groups as well as three solar-neutrino experiments.

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