2013 Medal Winners | francais

The 2013 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal for Contributions to Subatomic Physics

is awarded to

Jens Dilling

"Being awarded the CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Subatomic Physics is tremendous and it means a lot to me personally because of my respect for Erich Vogt and what he helped create at TRIUMF. I see this award as a reflection by the CAP community on my contributions as an experimentalist and the successes we have had with the ISAC facility at TRIUMF, now a world-class rare-isotope beam facility, as well as on the involvement I have had with the SNOLAB facility---another prime example of Canadian scientific leadership on the global scale. I am very, very proud to accept this honor. I thank my fellow CAP members and the broader TRIUMF community for this award." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and TRIUMF are pleased to announce that the 2013 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal for Contributions to Subatomic Physics is awarded to Jens Dilling, TRIUMF, for his leadership in the development and implementation of new ion trapping and precision mass measurement techniques applied to radioactive nuclei which have dramatically advanced our understanding of halo nuclei and the role of 3 body forces in nuclear systems. announcement

Ever since he came to Canada with a fresh Ph.D. from Heidelberg ten years ago, Jens Dilling has made Canada a world leader in the use of ion-traps for atomic and nuclear physics. The TRIUMF Ion Trap for Atomic and Nuclear science facility (TITAN) which he proposed, co-designed and built for use at ISAC—the new TRIUMF accelerator complex for rare-isotope beams—has set a new world standard for such trap facilities. TITAN has systematically and dramatically improved, by more than an order of magnitude, the mass measurements of short-lived isotopes in many key pivotal areas. These recent measurements have made scientific breakthroughs for nuclear astrophysics, for the study of the structure of exotic nuclei such as the halo nucleus, Lithium-11, and for the future study of the matrix elements of double-beta decay. TITAN is the most versatile facility anywhere for such studies. It has over produced 25 publications in two years and holds records for measuring the mass of the lightest isotope and the shortest-lived isotope of anywhere else in the world.

Dilling has personally been responsible for much of the new technology of the system. His innovations are being adopted worldwide. Dilling has been an outstanding leader in all of its areas of emerging physics. These brilliant accomplishments have made him one of the top nuclear physicists in the world. He led the organization of the 2010 International Nuclear Physics Conference which returned to Canada for the first time in over forty years. He has supervised many Canadian graduate students who have been recognized with national and international fellowships. Dilling is now the scientific leader at TRIUMF of the large group of scientists spearheading the research with ISAC. In short, he has become a towering figure in Canadian physics. nominator citation

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