The small amount of money the government has budgeted for high energy physics research in the last decade has yielded rich rewards, including the incubation of young experts in related fields and the promotion of a local team to one that can compete at a global level, according to the National Science Council (NSC) yesterday.
High energy physicists of National Taiwan University (NTU) yesterday reported their recent achievements to the council, which has financed related research since 1994. According to Paoti Chang (
Although similar results were reported by a rival group based at Stanford University, known as BaBar, in August last year, Chang said that Belle's error is relatively smaller.
"A small country has its own ways to financially support scientific research. We've seen the NTU team demonstrate the best way to optimize government's support," NSC Deputy Chairman Liao Chun-chen (
Taiwan became part of the Japan-based research group known as Belle in 1994, when Hou Wei-shu (
To strengthen the team, the NTU physics department in 2003 invited alumnus Yee Bob Hsiung (
According to Hou, in the last decade his team has been financed by the council and the Ministry of Education to the tune of a mere NT$50 million.
According to I Lin (