Global Award

Introducing the award

The Kamerlingh Onnes Prize for Superconductivity Experiments is awarded every three years during the M25 conference for outstanding experiments which illuminate the nature of Superconductivity other than materials. The prize is supported by Physica C - Superconductivity and its Applications.

The 2012 winners were announced at M2S 2012 conference conference in Washington, US.


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Herbert A. Mook - for several decades of important neutron spectroscopy and diffraction experiments on superconductors, especially those with magnetic tendencies

Teunis M. Klapwijk - for seminal experiments on the superconducting properties of superconductor-ferromagnet and superconductor-normal metal nano structures

Øystein H. Fischer - for leadership in magnetic superconductors and pioneering STM studies in the cuprate high-Tc materials.

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Subtitle of photo: Left to right: Jan Willem Wijnen (publisher Physica C), Øystein Fischer , Herbert A. Mook, Jr., Teunis M. Klapwijk , Dirk van der Marel (Chairman Prize Committee).

Previous winners:

M2S-HTSC-VIII (9-15 July, 2006, Dresden)

The prize committee of the M2S-HTSC VIII (Chair P. Kes, Leiden) was privileged to present the H. Kamerlingh Onnes Prize to N. Phuan Ong (Princeton), Hidenori Takagi (Tokyo), and Shin-ichi Uchida (Tokyo) for pioneering and seminal transport experiments which illuminated the unconventional nature of the metallic state of high temperature superconducting cuprates.

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M2S-HTSC-IX (7-12 September, 2009,Tokyo)

The prize committee of the M2S-HTSC IX (Chair P. Kes, Leiden) presented the prize to J.C. Seamus Davis  (Cornell University, and Brookhaven National Laboratory), Aharon Kapitulnik (Stanford University),  and John Tranquada Brookhaven National Laboratory) for pioneering and seminal experiments which illuminate the nature of superconductivity in strongly correlated electron systems:

J.C. Seamus Davis "for pushing the limits of spectroscopic imaging scanning tunneling microscopy at low temperatures and applying it to pioneering studies of the cuprate high temperature superconductors"

Aharon Kapitulnik "for seminal studies of time-reversal-symmetry breaking effects in unconventional superconductors using magneto optics" and John M. Tranquada "for pioneering neutron scattering experiments leading to the discovery of the stripe phases in the cuprate high temperature superconductors"


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Aharon Kapitulnik

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J.C. Seamus Davis
(photo courtesy of Cornell University)

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John Tranquada