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The Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prize for North America and Latin America

Celebrating innovation in young scientists in North America and Latin America

Oxford Instruments NanoScience has been proudly presenting the Lee Osheroff Richardson (LOR) Science Prize for North America and Latin America for 16 years. The LOR Science Prize promotes and recognises the novel work of young scientists working in low temperatures and/or high magnetic fields in the Americas.

For many young scientists, the critical stage between completing their PhD and gaining a permanent research position can be difficult. Oxford Instruments seek to help individuals who are producing innovative work in low temperature and/or high magnetic fields and support them in this period of career definement. Through the LOR Science Prize, we are able to assist these scientists, both by financially contributing to their research and promoting it throughout this prestigious award.

All candidates should be nominated by a senior member of their department or Institute. The winner is chosen by the prize selection committee comprising leading physicists from North America and Latin America.

The winner of the LOR Science Prize for North America and Latin America will receive:

  • 8,000 dollars cash prize
  • A certificate and trophy
  • Support to attend the next APS March Meeting, where the winner is will be presented with the prize at a specially held event by Oxford Instruments 'Socialize with Science'

LOR Science Prize 2021 Winner

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Matthew Yankowitz of the University of Washington has been selected as the winner of the 2021 Lee Osheroff Richardson (LOR) Science Prize. Dr. Matthew Yankowitz is recognised for his formative contributions to the field of moiré van der Waals heterostructures, spanning the initial discovery of band reconstruction in aligned graphene/boron nitride to more recent investigations of strongly correlated states, magnetism, topology and superconductivity in twisted graphene structures.

Dr. Matthew Yankowitz

“I am thrilled and honored to have been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prize for 2021. Although our primary goal is to uncover new fundamental physics, gaining industry recognition is an important part of the work that we do. I’m grateful for all of the support from my phenomenal colleagues and mentors that has enabled me to reach this point” 

Lee Osheroff Richardson

The Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prize for North America and Latin America is named after David M. Lee, Douglas D. Osheroff and Robert C. Richardson who were joint winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1996, for their discovery of superfluidity in 3He.

They conducted the Nobel prize winning research in the early 1970's in the low temperature laboratory at Cornell University using apparatus they had built to produce sample temperatures within a few thousandths of a degree of absolute zero. Their findings proved that the helium isotope 3He can be made superfluid at a temperature only about two thousandths of a degree above absolute zero. The discovery initiated intensive research on the special characteristics of the new quantum liquid. Lee, Osheroff and Richardson have also received, among other awards, the Sir Francis Simon Memorial Prize 1976 (Institute of Physics UK), and the Oliver E. Buckley Solid State Physics Prize 1980 (American Physical Society); for the discovery of superfluidity in 3He.

Oxford Instruments would like to thank David M. Lee, Douglas D. Osheroff and Robert C. Richardson for permission to name the prize after them.

2020 LOR Prize Winner

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Committee Members

Prize Comittee Chairman: 

Professor Bruce Gaulin, Mc Master University

Prize committee members:

Professor Laura Greene, NHMFL and FSU

Professor Hae-Young Kee, Toronto University

Professor Collin Broholm, Johns Hopkins University

Professor Cory Dean, Columbia University

Dr Sheng Ran, 2020 winner (Ex-officio member)

Previous Lee Osheroff Richardson Prize Winners

Dr Hamidian’s award-winning contributions to condensed matter physics have focused on strongly correlated electronic materials and atomic-scale visualisation methods of electronic structure using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM).

2016 Prize Winner: Dr Mohammad Hamidian

Dr Dean is recognised for his definitive measurement of the Hofstadter butterfly by combining novel techniques in nanoscale fabrication of graphene-based devices with ultra high magnetic fields, that provided the first experimental verification of this problem.

2015 Prize Winner: Dr Cory R. Dean

Dr Tarantini of NHMFL is known for a wide-ranging studies of high field superconductors focusing on paths to practical material forms useful for high field magnets.

2014 Prize Winner: Dr Chiara Tarantini

Dr Li's contributions include studies of magnetically ordered and superconducting oxide interfaces, phase transitions between Dirac electron states in elemental Bismuth, and Nernst effect and high resolution magnetisation studies of fluctuating vortex states.

2013 Prize Winner: Dr Lu Li

Dr Burch was awarded for the novel mechnical exfoliation studies of both high temperature superconductors and topological insulators, combined with optical studies of related highly correlated electron materials, which have been most impressive.

2012 Prize Winner: Dr Kenneth Burch

Dr Jing Xia was awarded for his work on topologically ordered condensed matter systems at low temperature and high magnetic fields.

2011 Prize Winner: Dr Jing Xia

Dr Zapf is recognised for making the definitive experimental verification of the applicability of the Bose-Einstein condensation universality class, to magnetic field-induced phases in quantum magnets, through novel experimental techniques at ultra-low temperatures.

2010 Prize Winner: Dr Vivien Zapf

Dr Eunseong Kim was awarded for his seminal contributions to the understanding of solid helium and discovery of non-Debye behaviour, that energised the field of quantum solids, spurred the interest of the condensed matter physics community and captured the fascination of all.

2008 Prize Winner: Dr Eunseong Kim

Dr Suchitra Sebastian is recognised for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Bose condensation phenomena in quantum magnets.

2007 Prize Winner: Dr Suchitra Sebastian

Dr Petta was awarded for his work at the forefront of quantum device research employing low temperature techniques and for taking the control of quantum bits to a new level, indicating a clear path forward, towards viable quantum information processing in the solid state.

2006 Prize Winner: Dr Jason Petta

Dr Lupien worked at the forefront of experimental low temperature metals physics. His work resulted in groundbreaking low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy measurements which elucidated the nature of a new charge ordered state in a transition metal oxychloride.

2005 Prize Winner: Dr Christian Lupien