2023 Nathan Sugarman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate and Graduate Research
Kepler Domurat-Sousa and Cameron Poe
“For their ground-breaking work as a team developing Compton-based Time-of-Flight Positron-Emission Tomography cameras capable of reducing the radiation dose to patients by factors up to 1000. Possible new applications include pediatric diagnosis, routing oncological screening, and dynamic movies.”
– Henry Frisch
Wen Han Chiu
“For his outstanding work in exploring new physics scenarios of the dark matter and dark sector, and connecting them to signals at the LHC searches and cosmological observations.”
– Liantao Wang
“For her outstanding work exploring modifications of the Higgs couplings as well as the emergence of alignment in the Higgs sector, and for her research on the impact of neutrino nucleus interaction modeling on new physics searches.”
– Carlos Wagner
2022 Nathan Sugarman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate and Graduate Research
“For contributions to an improved understanding of duality and exceptional symmetry und laboratory of Modane, France. In
structures in string theory.”
– Jeffrey Harvey
“For developing firmware algorithms using high-level synthesis for real-time data processing in the ATLAS Global Event Processor at the High Luminosity LHC."
– David W. Miller
“For leading the lowest threshold ultra-high energy neutrino search to date, with data from the Askaryan Radio Array, and her efforts toward the development of future radio
detectors for ultra-high energy neutrinos.”
– Abigail Vieregg
“For fundamental contributions in developing a self-consistent theory for the origin and the propagation of high-energy cosmic rays and neutrinos.”
– Damiano Caprioli
For his path-breaking accomplishments in the development of picosecond timing detectors and techniques for particle physics and positron-emission tomography
- Henry Frisch
For outstanding research contributions to our understanding of undulator radiation fluctuations, and for developing a method to determine electron beam properties from these fluctuations
For her work exploring novel paths for electroweak baryogenesis by studying the nature of phase transitions and their thermal histories in the early universe, and for her research on the related Higgs physics and gravitational wave signals at the reach of current and future experiments
For his groundbreaking computational astrochemistry, which led him to a solution of the decades-old spectroscopic mystery of the Red Rectangle nebulae and organic molecules
- Takeshi Oka
For substantial research contributions to our understanding of properties and clustering of dark matter halos forming in Cold Dark Matter scenario, as well as exemplary efforts in education, outreach, and mentoring high- school and undergraduate students
For his contributions to the development of the DAMIC experiment and novel analysis methods to search for light dark matter particles.
For his work on the structure of black hole horizons and the definition and characterization of a 'memory effect' for black holes
- Robert Wald
For his deep and broad contributions to the development of picosecond time-of-flight measurements of neutrinos, charged particles, and photons in nuclear and particle physics
Dae Heun Koh
“For his contributions to experimental particle physics and to theoretical accelerator physics, in particular for his development of analytic solutions to equations that arise from moving particles with wakefields in accelerator cavities.”
“For his work in measuring the Higgs boson pair production cross section and his contributions to the new system of track reconstruction electronics for the ATLAS trigger.”
“For his contributions to LIGO's recent discoveries of merging black holes and merging neutron stars, including the use of DECam to perform follow-up observations to identify electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational-wave sources and developing machine-learning techniques to facilitate gravitational-wave data analysis.”
“For his work on interpreting the spatial eccentricity distribution of close-in exoplanets, and the origin of isolated hot Earths, in the context of the high- eccentricity planet migration scenario.”
“For his work in providing a general proof that when all second order effects on mass are properly taken into account, black holes cannot be over-charged or over-spun by adding matter to them.”
“For his work exploring the implications of supersymmetry in flat and curved space-times.”
“For his technical contributions and creative insights in the design and prototyping of a new high-speed electronics trigger system for Lorentz- boosted massive particles for the ATLAS Experiment.”
“For extraordinary contributions to the design and construction of the high- resolution camera for CTA’s Schwarzschild-Couder telescope.”
“For pioneering measurements of iron and nickel isotopes in presolar silicon carbide gains, which constrain models of stellar nucleosynthesis and galactic chemical evolution.”
“For her contributions to experimental ultra-high energy neutrino astrophysics, particularly for her leading role on the measurement of the radio attenuation length of ice at Summit Station, Greenland and the development of a prototype radio phased array.”
“For her contributions to gravitational wave astrophysics, and in particular, for her research in the field of multi-messenger astronomy and the electromagnetic follow-up of gravitational wave sources.”
“For the innovative contribution to our understanding of the origin and properties of density profiles of dark matter halos.”
For her in-depth analysis of λ5797, the Rosetta Stone of diffuse interstellar bands
For her outstanding work in the calibration set-up for the DAMIC dark matter experiment, and in the measurement of radioactive contamination of the CCD detectors
For his thorough and careful work in elucidating the effect of inflationary features on cosmic microwave background anisotropy and non-Gaussianity
For his pioneering work on high-bandwidth waveform sampling and on a new type of detector: the Optical Time-Projection Chamber
“For his outstanding work in analyzing spectra of unidentified diffuse interstellar bands and setting up full pipeline reductions for a valuable archive of relevant spectra.”
“For developing a novel algorithm of computing distortions of galaxy images using data from cosmological simulations, which significantly advances our ability to make realistic theoretical predictions for upcoming wide area surveys aiming to map matter distribution in the universe on large scales.”
“For his contributions to the ATLAS experiment at CERN in developing techniques to measure ZZ production with hadronic final states.”
“For the analysis of the effects on cosmological dynamics of nonlinear phenomena occurring on scales small compared with the Hubble radius.”
“For his work on developing an advanced electronics system for the trigger of the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.”
“For his work on the measurement of the dijet cross section using the ATLAS detector at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.”
For his contributions to our understanding of the motion of small bodies and black holes in general relativity, taking into account the forces that these bodies exert upon themselves.
Imai Jen-La Plante
For the first measurement at the Large Hadron Collider of the production of W-bosons in association with quarks and gluons.
For his leading role in thoroughly exploring the properties of a probable new class of extragalactic sources.
For her considerable contributions to the QUIET experiment measuring the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background, in particular for her role in the integration of both the 44 GHz and 90 GHz receivers in laboratories in the US and at the site in the Atacama Desert in Chile.
For ground-breaking studies of the fine angular scale anisotropy of the Cosmic Microwave Background using the South Pole Telescope.
For the study of exotic phenomena in the helium atoms and nuclei using laser trapping and spectroscopy.
For his studies of world-sheet quantum corrections in the heterotic string.
Jesse Duncan Marshall
For his contributions to the TRACER program, and his studies of the galactic propagation of high-energy cosmic rays.
For work to study the quark/gluon scattering cross section and angular distribution in a new energy regime.
For his studies of a collapsing molecular cloud, including the development of hardware, software, and observing techniques for submillimeter polarimetry.
For development of a novel parabolization approach for stable integration of 3+1 formulations of Einstein's equations.
For undergraduate research with Professor Yau Wah in which she improved the world limit on the probability of KL???? by more than a factor of ten.
For his studies of the mass of the top quark, including the development of hardware to identify final states with displaced vertices.
For his development of fast electronics for the Collider Detector at Fermilab, and his studies of rare top decays and anomalous gauge boson production.
For the development of new computational tools providing a factor of ten improvement in the precision of astrophysical simulations and for using these tools to study the influence of baryons on the distribution of matter in the universe.
For studies in theoretical astrophysics of thermonuclear burning on neutron stars and of mechanisms associated with gamma ray bursts.
For studies in string theory, especially of a matrix model for the null-brane.
For the study of issues related to gravitational lensing.
For outstanding contributions to the HETE-2 mission that improved the accuracy and speed of GRB localizations and for analysis and modeling of GRB data that have provided significant constraints on the structure of GRB jets.
For outstanding research in the penomenology of particle physics, in particular his study of a minimal supersymmetric extension of the Standard Model, which showed that these models can induce a first-order electro-weak phase transition and accommodate a dark matter candidate.
For outstanding research in cosmology, in particular her investigations of the possible observable signatures of dark matter in the Milky Way, the dark matter halos of galaxy clusters, and Lyman alpha emission from high-redshift galaxies.
For innovative research in theoretical particle physics and string theory, in particular the study of string propagation near defects, and the analysis of strongly coupled supersymmetric gauge theories at long distances
For the measurement of the mass of the W boson using the full data sample of the OPAL experiment, thereby determining a fundamental constant and strengthening the predictive power of the electroweak theory
For the development of a comprehensive model for the outflow of material from the disks of active galactic nuclei and for helping to unify the understanding of these objects
For creative and dedicated work in preparing the TRACER cosmic ray detector and for using this instrument for the measurement of the flux of heavy cosmic ray nuclei to energies of several Tev/nucleon
For the invention and development of acromatic waveguide polarizers for the DASI telescope and for using this instrument to perform the first detection of the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation
C. Michael Lindsay
For the development of a highly automated ion spectrometer of remarkable sensitivity and for using this tool for new observations of the infrared spectrum of the H3+ ion and related systems
For his contributions to the observation of direct CP violation in the neutral K-meson system and for making this difficult measurement a compelling one
For innovative and careful probes of high energy proton-antiproton collisions, looking for new processes involving the production of the photon in association with the W and Z gauge bosons
For exceptional breadth in contributions to cosmology and, in particular, the study of higher order effects in the cosmic microwave background and the large-scale structure of the universe
For outsanding contributions to the design, construction and deployment of the Degree Angular Scale Interferometer, and for leading the analysis effort to extract a definitive measurement of the Cosmic Microwave Background angular power spectrum
For his major role in the observational studies of H+3 which plays the central role in interstellar chemistry. The observations have led to the surprising discovery of abundant H+3 in the diffuse interstellar medium
Robin L. Coxe
For outstanding work in measuring the mass of the W boson and thereby increasing the predictive power of the electroweak theory
Scott M. Oser
For excellence in experimental astrophysics as demonstrated by essential contributions to the design, development, and operation of the Solar Tower Atmospheric Cerenkov Effect Experiment (STACEE) and the first analysis of 100 GeV gamma rays from Crab Nebula and Pulsar
Daniel E. Reichart
For outstanding research in high energy astrophysics, in particular for his discovery of direct evidence linking gamma-ray bursts and supernovae, and his work showing that gamma-ray bursts may be a powerful probe of the very high redshift universe
Constance M. Rockosi
For outstanding graduate research in the area of astronomical imaging, for design, construction, deployment and observing with a five-color, wide-field CCD camera, used to discover the coolest stellar objects known, the most distant objects known and the shape and content of the Galactic halo
Gregory E. Graham
For outstanding work in the design, prototyping, construction, and commission of a large-scale Transition Radiation Detector which perofrmed among the best in the world. And for his excellent work in the pursuit of CP-violating kaon decays.
James Andrew Hocker
For innovative contributions in the field of High Energy Physics on the OPAL experiment at LEP. In particular, for his development of b-quark and tau-lepton identification methods which have greatly improved our ability to search for the Higgs boson
Gordon T. Richards
For observational work that challenges a critical, fundamental assumption in astrophysics, that absorption lines in quasi-stellar objects are primarily intergalactic, and presents a fascinating alternative.
Vatche V. Sahakian
For the construction of the phase diagram of supersymmetric gauge theory in a torus geometry using black hole thermodynamics.
Joseph W. Fowler
For outstanding graduate research in experimental astrophysics,in particular for the design, construction, and implementation of a large array of atmospheric Cherenkov detectors to determine the composition of cosmic ray particles at ultrahigh energies.
Konstantin L. Gavrilov
For outstanding graduate research in experimental materials science, in particular for elucidating, by high resolution secondary ion imaging, the mechanism by which alumina ceramics become HF-corrosion-resistant through co-doping with silica and magnesia.
David A. Toback
For detailed and systematic searches for physics beyond the Standard Model in final states involving vector gauge bosons.
Alexander G. Abanov
For outstanding graduate research in theoretical condensed matter physics, in particular for his seminal analysis of topological phenomena and off-diagonal order in electronic liquids and his study of the multifractal character of the spectrum of Bloch electrons in an incommensurate magnetic field.
Peter S. Shawhan
For outstanding graduate research in experimental elementary particle physics, in particular for his clever and elegant contributions to the detector and physics analysis for a precise study of CP violation."
Daniel E. Vanden Berk
For outstanding work in observational cosmology, in particular in leadership in the development of direct determination of the clustering of matter on the largest scales yet achievable, overlapping with the epoch of galaxy formation.
For outstanding pioneering work in adaptive optics, in particular for the design development and programming of the very high speed processor which is the brains of the system.
For outstanding research in theoretical cosmology, in particular for developing the stochastic models of galactic evolution that added significantly to the robustness of Big Bang Nucleosynthesis.
For exemplary work in experimental astrophysics, in particular for his leading role in the design, construction and implementation of the most sensitive instrument ever developed for measuring high energy positrons in cosmic rays.
Roy A. Briere
For outstanding graduate research in experimental high energy physics and phenomenology, in particular for his precise tests of CPT symmetry and for his elucidation of the regeneration process.
Charles Darren Dowell
For outstanding graduate research in photometry and polarimetry at far-infrared wavelengths, in particular for characterizing the thermal emission from interstellar clouds.
David A. Schleuning
For outstanding research on the magnetic fields of giant molecular clouds, in particular for determining the configuration of the field in the Orion Nebula.
For outstanding graduate research in theoretical astrophysics, in particular for his research on the significance of beryllium and boron in Population II stars.
For outstanding graduate research in cosmochemistry, in particular for his study of the isotopic chemistry of potassium in the early Solar System.
For outstanding graduate research in high energy physics, in particular for his leading role in the CDF experiment's direct measurement of the mass of the W boson.
For outstanding postdoctoral research in experimental astrophysics, in particular for his leadership role in the physical interpretation and analysis of data collected from the most sensitive air shower array ever constructed for gamma ray astronomy.
For outstanding graduate research in experimental high energy physics, in particular, his contributions to the clarification of the difficult issue of unitarity in neutral p‚on decay by a new measurement technique.
For exemplary work in experimental astrophysics, in particular for his leading role in the construction and implementation of the most sensitive air shower array for gamma ray astronomy.
For exemplary work in experimental elementary particle physics, in particular for exceptional contributions to the most precise determination of the parameters of CP violation.
Joseph R. Dwyer
For exemplary work in particle astrophysics, in particular for his crucial contributions to design, construction, and balloon flight of an instrument with unprecedented sensitivity in the determination of cosmic ray energy spectra.