2018 Kamerlingh Onnes prize
International accolade for Pr Louis Taillefer
Sherbrooke, le 24 juillet 2018 – Professor Louis Taillefer of Université de Sherbrooke will receive the 2018 Kamerlingh Onnes prize, awarded for « illuminating the nature of superconductivity in unconventional superconductors » during a ceremony to be held in Beijing on August 1st, 2018. He will share the prize with Prof. Yuji Matsuda of Kyoto University. The committee is rewarding Pr Taillefer for his « seminal magneto-transport studies of heavy-fermion and cuprate superconductors ».
The work for which Taillefer is being recognized includes the first observation of quantum oscillations in heavy-fermion and cuprate superconductors. These oscillations provided a particularly clear insight into the behavior of electrons in these extreme materials.
Taillefer also played a key role in the discovery of the first case of multiple superconducting phases, in a heavy-fermion metal. More recently, his group discovered new and sharp signatures of the enigmatic “pseudogap phase” of cuprate superconductors – arguably the most mysterious phase of electronic matter. This research was published in Nature in March 2016.
These fundamental insights by Taillefer and his coworkers advance our understanding of what can make superconductors more robust, with the ultimate goal of reaching room-temperature superconductivity – an event that would spark a major technological revolution.
Taillefer has received numerous awards for his research, including the Killam Prize in 2012, one of the highest distinctions given to a scientist in Canada, and the Simon Memorial Prize in 2017, the first Canadian to receive this prestigious international award for research in low-temperature physics.
Since 1998, Taillefer is Director of the Quantum Materials program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), a collaborative network bringing together 60 researchers from Canada, China, Europe, Japan and the US, to explore and advance the quantum frontiers of materials science.
The KAMERLINGH ONNES PRIZE was established in 2000 by the organizers of the International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity (M2S) in honor of Prof. Heike Kamerlingh Onnes who discovered superconductivity in 1911. The award is sponsored by Elsevier, Publisher of
Physica C - Superconductivity and its Applications. The prize, awarded for outstanding experiments which illuminate the nature of superconductivity other than materials, consists of 7500 € and a certificate.
It is awarded every three years at the M2S Conference, and will be presented to Yuji Matsuda and Louis Taillefer on August 21, 2018 during the 12th International Conference on Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity in Beijing, China.
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Johanne Leroux, Communications Officer
Faculty of Sciences | Université de Sherbrooke
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