Prestigious award ceremonies at the LT28 conference

The Simon Memorial Prize, The Fritz London Memorial Prize and The IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics. These prestigious awards were handed out during three solemn ceremonies at the 28th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics in Gothenburg recently. Eight awards of 500 Euro each to the best posters were also given.
Professor Louis Taillefer.
Simon Memorial Prize to Canadian Professor Louis Taillefer
Louis Taillefer, Professor at University of Sherbrooke and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Canada, received the prestigious Simon Memorial Prize of 6 000 GBP.
"It is a tremendous honor and I am extremely grateful to receive the Simon Prize. I'm deeply moved when I realize that the community of low-temperature physicists has come to consider my contributions as being worthy of this prize", he said.

The Simon Memorial Prize was established in 1957 and commemorates the outstanding contributions to the science of Sir Francis Simon. The prize is an international prize with no restrictions on nationality. It is awarded for distinguished work in experimental or theoretical low temperature physics.
Seamus Davis, chair of the selection committee, told the audience more about the background of the prize:
"The award is obviously designed to commemorate the important historic achievements of Sir Francis Simon. Over the intervening decades many of the world's leading low-temperature physicists have been recipients of this award. It's a very distinguished list of pioneering low-temperature physicists, going back now almost seven decades."

James Sauls, William Halperin and Jeevak Parpia.
Fritz London Memorial Prize to distuinguished trio
Jeevak Parpia, Professor of Physics at Cornell University, USA, William P Halperin, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and James A Sauls, Professor of Physics, both at Northwestern University, USA, was honoured with the Fritz London Memorial Prize of 10 000 USD each. The three winners were presented by Professor Paul Leiderer from the University of Konstanz, Germany, and a member of the prize committee.
All three winners get the award "in recognition of pioneering work on the influence of disorder on the superfluidity of helium-3." James Sauls is the theoretical researcher in the trio and was recognized in that aspect.
The trio has been conducting seminal experimental and theoretical work on superfluid helium-3 (3He) in silica aerogels. Their work has provided “deep insights into the understanding of complex symmetry breaking in unconventionally paired condensed matter in the presence of disorder. This has proved to be a remarkable system for investigating the effects of disorder on unconventionally paired condensates … and other exotic superconductors.”
Parpia, Halperin and Sauls thanked the selection committee for their awards:
"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the committee for the recognition they afforded us by giving us the prize. It's truly humbling to go back and look at our past. I am incredibly grateful and appreciative of the organization of this conference, it has really been remarkable", said Jeevak Parpia, who also thanked his wife Banoo who sat in the audience.
"I appreciate very much the recognition by the committee and particularly the work of my Swedish colleagues. I've been to many low-temperature conferences", said James Sauls.
"It sure is an honor to be here, especially in the presence of my distinguished colleagues Jim and Jeevak, who I have the great pleasure of working with over so many years", said William Halperin.
He also praised the conference organizers:
"LT28 is among the best conferences I have attended. All aspects have been outstanding; from the organization, the scientific programme to the food. I would like to thank specifically Per Delsing, your colleagues, your staff, and the committees."
The Fritz London Memorial Prize, is administered by Duke University, USA, and awarded every three years. It recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the field of low-temperature physics. Eleven previous winners have also received the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Fritz London was a distinguished European scientist who in 1939 emigrated to the United States where he became a professor of chemistry and physics at Duke University. The prize was established back in 1956.
Clifford Hicks and Vlad Pribiag awarded with the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize
Clifford Hicks, Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden, Germany, and Vlad Pribiag, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, have been honoured with the 2017 Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). They received their awards of 1 000 Euro on 14 August.
John Saunders, chairman for the IUPAP prize committee, introduced and handed out the award which came with a medal, a certificate and the mentioned cash prize.

Dr. Clifford Hicks.
Dr. Clifford Hicks, gets the award "for his pioneering development of low temperature measurement techniques, notably concerning the application of uniaxial stress, and his experiments on unconventional superconductivity."

Dr. Vlad Pribiag.
Dr. Vlad Pribiag, gets the award "for his important contributions to two main areas of low temperature and nanoscale physics: superconductivity in the edge modes of two-dimensional topological insulators; spin-dependent quantum transport in one-dimensional semiconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling."
His results have elucidated key aspects of the electronic properties of these novel materials, which are candidates for quantum and classical information processing.
Both winners thanked the selection committee:
"Thank you very much for the introduction. It's a great honor to receive the IUPAP Award. But my work couldn't been done without the contributions of many others", said Vlad Pribiag and thanked a number of people who have been working close to him with the awarded experiments.
The IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics is awarded every three years.
Awards for best posters
Eight poster awards were also given during the conference. The awards were given in the areas "superconductivity", "quantum technology" and "quantum fluids and solids". Each award consisted of 500 Euro. One winner came from Chalmers: Gunta Kunakova (third from the right in the below picture), post doctoral researcher at the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory at MC2, in the field of quantum technology for her contribution "Josephson effect in bulk free topological insulator nanoribbons".

The other winners were Alexandra Palacio Morales, Germany, for her work "Emergent phenomena in the magnetic-superconducting hybrid system Fe on Re (0001) analyzed by STM/S measurements", Miguel A. Sierra, Spain, for his work "Thermoelectric Kondo effect in quantum dots beyond linear respons", Sergey Vasiliev, Finland/USA, "High density atomic hydrogen and tritium stabilized in solid molecular films at temperatures below 1K", Yumika Aikawa, Japan, "Electrical transport between MoS2 based electric double layer transistor and normal and superconducting Al", Petr Doležal, Czech Republic, "Superconductivity in LaPd2Al2-xGax compounds", Kacper Wrzesniewski, Poland, "Kondo effect in transport through quantum dot based Cooper pair splitters", and Sachiko Nakamura, Japan, "Order-disorder transition in 2D quantum systems and Its doping effects."
Text and photo: Michael Nystås
Photo of poster winners: Susannah Carlsson

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The conference bringed together 900 researchers from around the world on 9-16 August at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg. It is the most important conference in low temperature physics, and is organized every three years, alternating in Europe, Asia and America. This year's conference was organized by MC2 in collaboration with the Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg. The target group is physicist who works at low temperatures. The next conference – LT29 – will be arranged in Sapporo, Japan, on 16-22 August 2020.
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The Fritz London Prize was created to recognize scientists who made outstanding contributions to the advances of the field of Low Temperature Physics. It is traditionally awarded in the first session of the International Low Temperature Conference, which is sponsored by the IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics) and was first awarded in 1956.
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Published: Thu 14 Sep 2017. Modified: Thu 26 Oct 2017