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CAP Medal and Award Winners

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and its medal partners are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 CAP medals. A series of virtual plenary medal talks to honour the 2022 medal recipients will be organized for the latter half of January. Once the dates have been finalized, the detailed talk schedule will be posted on the CAP's website and a NewsFlash will be released. The medals will be forwarded to all recipients with the congratulations of the community.

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The 2022 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Federico Rosei, INRS-EMT, in recognition of his experimental work on tailoring the properties of a wide array of nanomaterials to find applications in photovoltaics, biocompatibility and self-assembling systems..

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The 2021 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Roger Melko, University of Waterloo / Perimeter Institute, in recognition of to recognize his work on the theoretical understanding of many-body quantum systems through large-scale computer simulations. The theoretical tools developed by Dr. Melko’s group provide a new perspective on understanding of quantum condensed matter and have proven highly influential in areas such as quantum information, field theory, cold atomic matter, and artificial intelligence.

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The 2020 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Alexandre Blais, Université de Sherbrooke, in recognition of for his pioneering contributions to, and continued leadership in, the field of quantum information science. His theoretical research has greatly influenced the forefront experiments in this field.

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The 2019 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Graeme Luke, McMaster University, in recognition of for his contributions in the field of superconductor research using muon-spin techniques, and his leading role in developing these techniques at TRIUMF, a signature of Canada's research excellence.

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The 2018 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Andrea Damascelli, University of British Columbia, in recognition of for his important contributions and leadership in the investigation of quantum solids and surfaces, in particular for what concerns strongly-correlated systems, through the design and development of unique angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) instruments.

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The 2017 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Yong Baek Kim, University of Toronto, in recognition of for his leading work on the effects of large spin-orbit coupling on exotic ground states in geometrically frustrated and highly correlated quantum materials.

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The 2016 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Carlos Silva, Université de Montréal, in recognition of for his original developments in transient optical spectroscopies which have brought deep insights into the understanding of electronic excitations in molecular semiconductors.

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The 2015 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

John Page, University of Manitoba, in recognition of for significant and original contributions to the understanding of ultrasonic wave phenomena in complex media through the development and application of new experimental techniques to characterize the structure and dynamics of such materials, including the first demonstration of Anderson localization of classical waves by disorder in three dimensions.

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The 2014 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Ian Affleck, University of British Columbia, in recognition of for his original and influential contributions to the theory of condensed matter systems, particularly in the application of conformal field theory techniques to the Kondo effects and quantum impurity problems and advances in the theory of quantum magnetism in low dimensions.

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The 2013 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

James Forrest / Kari Dalnoki-Veress, University of Waterloo and McMaster University respectively, in recognition of for their outstanding collaborative work in the physics of macromolecules in thin films, as well as near surfaces as interfaces.

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The 2012 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Douglas Bonn, University of British Columbia, in recognition of for his contributions to the field of high temperature superconductivity.

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The 2011 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Bruce D. Gaulin, McMaster University, in recognition of for his internationally recognized contributions to the field of collective phenomena in magnetic, superconducting and structural systems using X-ray and neutron scattering techniques.

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The 2010 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Gordon W. Semenoff, University of British Columbia, in recognition of for his seminal contributions to the theory of Graphene and its massless quasiparticles. Prof. Semenoff is an internationally recognized leader in this field with an outstanding publication record whose work has shown that (quoting Philip Stamp, Director of the Pacific Institute for Theoretical Physics) “the idea that a theorist could predict all the important features of a material that did not even exist,…, and have the insight to predict in exactly which kind of system experiments should look for – this seems almost to good to be true.”.

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The 2009 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Michel Gingras, University of Waterloo, in recognition of for his seminal contributions to the statistical mechanics description of random disordered systems and geometrically frustrated magnetic systems. Dr. Gingras is an internationally recognized leader in this field with an outstanding publication record whose work has served (quoting Dr. Thomas Rosenbaum, J.T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago) “to point the community as a whole to a new perspective on how local disorder and frustration can be connected to a material’s macroscopic response”.

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The 2008 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to

Jess Brewer, University of British Columbia, in recognition of for his pioneering work to develop muon spin relaxation and related techniques, leading to the creation of an important new field in materials physics.

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