2018 Medal Winners | francais

The 2018 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal for Contributions to Subatomic Physics

is awarded to

Rituparna Kanungo

"I feel highly honoured receiving this prestigious recognition which I would like to share with my collaborators. Canada’s world-leading subatomic physics facilities attracted me here, thanks to the pioneering efforts by Erich Vogt. I feel fortunate with the support I received, and want to thank the physics community and Canada for valuing my contributions." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and TRIUMF are pleased to announce that the 2018 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal for Contributions to Subatomic Physics is awarded to Rituparna Kanungo, Saint Mary's University, in recognition of for her leadership and contribution in the field of direct reaction and halo-nuclei studies with rare isotopes, including ground breaking discoveries of doubly-magic oxygen isotope. announcement

Dr. Kanungo has made outstanding contributions to our understanding of the physics of rare isotopes using direct reactions. She has led experiments involving large international collaborations in Canada, Germany, and Japan exploring the properties of rare isotopes. These experiments have revealed a new view of nuclear shells, new features in exotic halo nuclei, and laid new paths for characterizing the strong nuclear force of nature. She launched her research program in rare isotope science with experiments at the RIKEN facility in Japan where she developed techniques to investigate the structure of rare isotopes using neutron removal reactions. Her work has elucidated new information on nuclear halos and associated shell changes. Recognition of her research through the GENCO award from GSI and the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship eventually triggered her to lead an ongoing and vigorous program at GSI in Germany that has been producing a number of high-impact findings. Complementary to these high-energy programs she has spearheaded a program at TRIUMF in Canada using low-energy nuclear reactions to uncover the secrets of rare isotopes. She developed the novel IRIS facility and is the project leader. With IRIS, she has pioneered precise measurements observing the decades-old predicted excitation mode of halo oscillation and has unlocked a sensitive way to constrain the nuclear force from the scattering diffraction pattern. Dr. Kanungo has taken on the project leadership of the Canadian Rare Isotope Beam (CANREB) Facility with an Electron Beam Ion source for producing beams of heavy rare isotopes. She is at the forefront of a rapidly evolving new field of direct reactions with radioactive ion beams. She also has an excellent list of publications and many prestigious invited talks. She has an outstanding record of accomplishments and enormous promise for the future. In addition, she has provided leadership and service to the international and Canadian communities, with particular focus on current and future scientific programs at TRIUMF. nominator citation

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