NSF wants engineering researchers to bend rules (of classical physics)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $18 million to nine teams of engineering-led, interdisciplinary researchers to break the conventional ways in which light and acoustic waves propagate.

Funded through NSF's Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program, the teams -- comprising 37 researchers at 17 institutions -- will pursue transformative research in the area of new light and acoustic wave propagation, known as NewLAW, over the next four years.

The fundamental research is expected to disrupt the ways in which electronic, photonic and acoustic devices are designed and employed, and to enable completely new functionalities.

Among those receiving funding include Andrew Norris, Rutgers University New Brunswick School of Engineering, for dynamic elastic media: passive and active non-reciprocal theory, experiment and design.

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