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Prof. Demler Awarded 2021 Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics

June 17, 2021

Prof. Eugene Demler was awarded this year's Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics by the Joachim Herz Foundation, the Wolfgang Pauli Centre, and the University of Hamburg.

The prize, which is awarded for outstanding research achievements in theoretical physics, goes to Demler for his work on quantum fluids and solids, and especially for his contributions to the study of ultracold atoms in optical lattices

"With Eugene Demler, we are honoring a researcher this year who has rendered outstanding services to the application of his theoretical work in experimental...

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Kang-Kuen Ni

Kang-Kuen Ni Promoted to Full Professor with Tenure

June 11, 2021

Congratulations to Prof. Kang-Kuen Ni on her promotion to Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and of Physics, with tenure, effective July 1, 2021!

Ni left Taiwan in 2000 for the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she obtained her B.S. in physics and later earned her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She joined Harvard’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department in 2013. Her research is focused on creating molecules at the lowest possible temperatures and studying their chemical reactions and physical interactions....

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Prof. Julia Mundy

Prof. Mundy Receives 2021 Early Career Research Program Award from DOE

June 3, 2021

Prof. Julia Mundy is one of 83 scientists from across the nation selected by Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science to receive significant funding for research as part of DOE’s Early Career Research Program. The effort, now in its twelfth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

Award Abstract, Epitaxial Stabilization of Novel Superconductors for Energy Generation, Storage and Distribution:...

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Prof. Xiaowei Zhuang Receives the 2021 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

April 20, 2021

Foundation for the National Institute of Health (FNIH) has awarded Prof. Xiaowei Zhuang the ninth annual Lurie Prize for her revolutionary work developing super-resolution microscopy and genome-scale imaging showing new spatial and functional organizations of molecules and cells. Her research lab at Harvard University pioneered both STORM and MERFISH methods of microscopy.

Each year, the FNIH recognizes outstanding achievements by a promising young scientist in biomedical research by bestowing the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, a $100,000 award. The prize is made...

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Prof. Mundy to receive Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research

April 13, 2021

Congratulations to Prof. Julia Mundy on her receipt of the 2021 Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research for her proposal, “An Interfacial Platform for Faultless Quantum Computing.”

The prize provides seed funding to interdisciplinary high-risk, high-impact projects in the life, physical, and social sciences that, because of its originality and high-risk approach, may not receive support through traditional funding channels. It expands opportunities for Harvard researchers to pursue ever more novel areas of inquiry, unburdened by the constraints...

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Detection of a particle shower at the Glashow resonance with IceCube

March 10, 2021

Sixty years ago, a postdoctoral researcher at what is now known as the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark named Sheldon Glashow proposed a hypothetical interaction between electron antineutrinos and atomic electrons, which would produce a yet-unknow particle through a resonance process. Twenty years later, this particle, known as the W-boson, was discovered by the UA1 experiment at CERN. The discovery was so important that it lead to a shared Nobel Prize in Physics for the two key scientists behind it, Simon van der Meer and Harvard Higgins Professor of Physics Carlo Rubbia, and only a year...

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Congratulations to Professors Carlos Argüelles-Delgado and Roxanne Guenette, 2021 Sloan Research Fellows!

February 16, 2021

Professors Roxanne Guenette and Carlos Argüelles-Delgado have been selected as 2021 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows in Physics. 

Awarded annually since 1955, Sloan Fellowships honor extraordinary U.S. and Canadian early-career scientists whose creativity, innovation, and research accomplishments make them stand out as the next generation of scientific leaders.

“A Sloan Research Fellow is a rising star, plain and simple” says Adam F. Falk, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “To receive a Fellowship is to be told by the scientific community...

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Prof. Lukin Received the OSA Charles Hard Townes Medal 

February 11, 2021

Mikhail Lukin, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of The Optical Society (OSA) Charles Hard Townes Medal in honor of his pioneering theoretical and experimental contributions to quantum nonlinear optics and quantum information science and technology, and for the development and application of nanoscale quantum systems for sensing. He joins an esteemed group of past recipients recognized for their outstanding...

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Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research: Topology and other tools in condensed matter physics

December 2, 2020

Reviews of Modern Physics published an extended version of a talk by Prof. Bertrand Halperin, given at the March 2019 meeting of the American Physical Society, upon received the 2019 APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research. 

The article summarizes some of Prof. Halperin's work in areas linked to topological aspects of classical and quantum physics. Topics include quantum Hall effects, as well as the theory of melting in to dimensions and effects of vortex motion in a thin superconductor or a superfluid film.

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