I am searching for a paper or any reference that contain data about how many dollars are spent in quantum mechanics researches in the last ten years.
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I don't think that there is statistics on spending in QM specifically.I would like to justify, in my dissertation, the importance of studying quantum mechanics with how much is spent today in this area in general. Can be in any area of knowledge.
With the confluence of interest in nanotechnology, availability of experimental tools to synthesize and characterize systems in the nanometer scale, and computational tools widely accessible to model microscale systems by coupled continuum-molecular-quantum mechanics, we are poised to unravel the traditional gap between the atomic and the macro scopic world in mechanics, materials, and manufacturing. This in turn opens up new opportunities in education and research.