School of Physics & Astronomy

Dr Hicks wins IUPAP LT Prize

Clifford Hicks wins IUPAP Prize

The School wishes to congratulate Dr Clifford Hicks for being awarded the 2017 Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

Dr Hicks recently was a post-doctoral member of research staff in this School, and is now at the "Physics of Quantum Materials" department of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids. There he leads a research group that focuses on the effects of uniaxial pressure on unconventional superconductors and magnets.

This important international prize, which is awarded every three years, will be presented to Dr Hicks in August at the 28th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT-28) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Clifford’s prize citation reads ‘For his pioneering development of low temperature measurement techniques, notably concerning the application of uniaxial stress, and his experiments on unconventional superconductivity.’ His uniaxial pressure research was begun during his time as a member of research staff here, and has continued apace since he moved to the Institute for Chemical Physics in 2014. As well as performing fundamental research, Clifford co-founded Razorbill Instruments with two former doctoral students from the School, which has successfully commercialised uniaxial pressure apparatus based on his designs.

The LT conference series is one of the longest-running conferences in the field, having run continuously since 1946. LT-11 was held in St Andrews in 1968. It is great to see Clifford’s ground-breaking research recognized in this way, and colleagues both in St Andrews and Dresden wish to send their congratulations to him.

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First posted BDS 24.4.17