The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage outstanding experimental or theoretical contributions to condensed matter and materials physics. While the main criterion for awarding the Brockhouse medal is the excellence of the research accomplishments, preference will be given for recent important advances in condensed matter and materials physics.
The candidate's research should have been done primarily in Canada or in affiliation with a Canadian university, industry or government laboratory. The medal will be awarded by the Canadian Association of Physicists on the recommendation of a selection committee established by the Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. The medal will normally be awarded to one person but may be shared when several candidates have contributed significantly to the same research accomplishments.
In addition to the medal, the recipient(s) will receive a certificate citing the contributions being recognized by the award. The recipient(s) will also be invited to give a talk at the CAP Congress where the medal will be presented.
Yong Baek Kim, University of Toronto,
for his leading work on the effects of large spin-orbit coupling on exotic ground states in geometrically frustrated and highly correlated quantum materials.
Carlos Silva, Université de Montréal,
for his original developments in transient optical spectroscopies which have brought deep insights into the understanding of electronic excitations in molecular semiconductors.
John Page, University of Manitoba,
for significant and original contributions to the understanding of ultrasonic wave phenomena in complex media through the development and application of new experimental techniques to characterize the structure and dynamics of such materials, including the first demonstration of Anderson localization of classical waves by disorder in three dimensions.
Ian Affleck, University of British Columbia,
for his original and influential contributions to the theory of condensed matter systems, particularly in the application of conformal field theory techniques to the Kondo effects and quantum impurity problems and advances in the theory of quantum magnetism in low dimensions.
James Forrest / Kari Dalnoki-Veress, University of Waterloo and McMaster University respectively,
for their outstanding collaborative work in the physics of macromolecules in thin films, as well as near surfaces as interfaces.
Douglas Bonn, University of British Columbia,
for his contributions to the field of high temperature superconductivity.
Bruce D. Gaulin, McMaster University,
for his internationally recognized contributions to the field of collective phenomena in magnetic, superconducting and structural systems using X-ray and neutron scattering techniques.
Gordon W. Semenoff, University of British Columbia,
for his seminal contributions to the theory of Graphene and its massless quasiparticles. Prof. Semenoff is an internationally recognized leader in this field with an outstanding publication record whose work has shown that (quoting Philip Stamp, Director of the Pacific Institute for Theoretical Physics) “the idea that a theorist could predict all the important features of a material that did not even exist,…, and have the insight to predict in exactly which kind of system experiments should look for – this seems almost to good to be true.”.
Michel Gingras, University of Waterloo,
for his seminal contributions to the statistical mechanics description of random disordered systems and geometrically frustrated magnetic systems. Dr. Gingras is an internationally recognized leader in this field with an outstanding publication record whose work has served (quoting Dr. Thomas Rosenbaum, J.T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago) “to point the community as a whole to a new perspective on how local disorder and frustration can be connected to a material’s macroscopic response”.
Jess Brewer, University of British Columbia,
for his pioneering work to develop muon spin relaxation and related techniques, leading to the creation of an important new field in materials physics.
Sajeev John, University of Toronto