APS announces prize-winners for 2006…

The American Physical Society has announced many of its awards for 2006, naming recipients who work in particle physics and related fields, from supergravity to accelerator techniques.

The 2006 Dannie Heineman Prize for mathematical physics goes to Sergio Ferrara of CERN, Daniel Freedman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Peter van Nieuwenhuizen of the State University of New York, Stony Brook. They win an award for "constructing supergravity, the first supersymmetric extension of Einstein's theory of general relativity, and for their central role in its subsequent development".

Also in theoretical physics, the J J Sakurai Prize for outstanding achievement in particle theory is awarded to Savas Dimopoulos of Stanford University. He is rewarded for "his creative ideas on dynamical symmetry breaking, supersymmetry and extra spatial dimensions, which have shaped theoretical research on TeV-scale physics, thereby inspiring a wide range of experiments".

Research in electroweak physics is recognized in the award of the Tom W Bonner Prize, for outstanding experimental research in nuclear physics, to John Hardy of Texas A&M University and Ian Towner of Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. They receive the award for "their ultra-high precision measurements and extraordinarily detailed analyses of 0+ → 0+ nuclear beta decay rates to explore the unitarity of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa [CKM] quark mixing matrix as a test of the electroweak Standard Model".

The CKM matrix is also cited in the award to William Ford of the University of Colorado, John Jaros of SLAC, and Nigel Lockyer of the University of Pennsylvania of the W K H Panofsky Prize in experimental particle physics. They are recognized for "their leading contributions to the discovery of the long b-quark lifetime with the MAC and Mark II experiments at SLAC. The unexpectedly large value of the b-quark lifetime revealed the hierarchy of the CKM quark mixing matrix."

The Robert R Wilson Prize is awarded for achievement in the physics of particle accelerators. For 2006 this goes to Glen Lambertson of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for "fundamental contributions to accelerator science and technology, particularly in the area of beam electrodynamics including the development of beam instrumentation for the feedback systems that are essential for the operation of high luminosity electron and hadron colliders".

Particle physics also features in the Apker Award for outstanding achievements in physics by undergraduate students. David Miller of the University of Chicago receives the award for his work on the search for high-energy axions with the calorimeter of the CERN Axion Solar Telescope (CAST).

…while IOP gives awards for UK physics

High-energy physics, cosmology, and research involving present and future developments in particle accelerators are among the areas of physics recognized by the 2006 awards of the UK's Institute of Physics.

Ken Peach receives the Rutherford Medal and Prize for "his contributions to high-energy physics as leader of key experiments at CERN investigating CP violation and as director of particle physics at CCLRC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory [RAL], where he has played a key role in reviving accelerator science for particle physics applications in the UK". Peach is now director of the newly created John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science based at Oxford University and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Research at RAL is also recognized in the award of the Glazebrook Medal and Prize to Andrew Taylor for "his contributions to neutron scattering physics, through his leadership as director of the ISIS facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and to the realization of the second target station at ISIS". ISIS is currently the world's leading pulsed neutron and muon source.

The Boys Medal and Prize, awarded for distinguished research in experimental physics (in particular to recognize physicists early in their careers) goes to Karl Krushelnick of Imperial College London. He is recognized for "his contribution to plasma physics through his wide-ranging investigations on the interaction of ultra-intense lasers with matter", which includes research at RAL's Central Laser Facility on the laser-driven plasma acceleration of electrons.

Cosmology meets particle physics in the research of Ruth Gregory, from the University of Durham, who receives the Maxwell Medal and Prize for outstanding contributions to theoretical physics during the past 10 years. She is rewarded for "her contributions to physics at the interface of general relativity and string theory, in particular for her work on the physics of cosmic strings and black holes".