Australian Research Council funds my naughty project!

Yay!!! The Australian Research Council was sill… (ahem!) far-sighted enough to award me a grant through the prestigious Discovery scheme! It’s pleasing to learn that I was among the less than 17% lucky few (and less than 14% for self-nominated Early Career Researcher-only proposals in Physics, Chemistry and Geosciences). Don’t ask me who I had to sleep with.

Even more pleasing is to be able to be successful with the taboo word “foundations” on the title and the project description:

Quantum steering, nonlocality and foundations

This project aims at answering foundational questions that will help further our understanding of quantum mechanics—a scientific discipline with proven track record of technological output of great impact in modern society and a huge potential for future developments such as quantum computation and communication. There is a global trend towards interest in quantum foundations, and Australia is already a world leader in the closely related fields of quantum information and quantum-atom optics. Funding of this project will help strengthen and
consolidate Australia’s position as a world leader in the foundations of quantum mechanics.

In physics the word “foundations” is a bit like the word “sex”. It’s what everyone’s really interested in, but no one speaks about it at work. Well, apparently it’s changing. Physicists are getting naughtier.

This project will now pay my salary for the next 3 years starting in the beginning of 2009, as well as some conference travel money.

Now all I have to do is to “answer some foundational questions that will help further our understanding of quantum mechanics”! No worries! Any questions?

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