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October 24, 2000

Brookhaven Lab Physicist Wins Presidential Award

UPTON, NY - Andrey Zheludev, an associate physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, is one of 60 researchers who will be honored today with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their careers.

Ten government agencies nominate promising candidates for the award. The supporting agencies are: the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Transportation, and Veterans' Affairs; the Environmental Protection Agency; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and the National Science Foundation.

The 60 award winners will be honored at a White House ceremony. Each will receive a citation, a plaque and continued funding of their work for five years.

Zheludev will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for his "internationally recognized research and discoveries in the field of quantum magnetism, achieved through skillful application of neutron-scattering techniques."

Zheludev is also one of four scientists who has been selected to receive the Department of Energy's Office of Science Early Career Award in Science and Engineering for extraordinary scientific and technical achievement. These awards will be presented at a departmental reception preceding the White House ceremony.

"I am honored to receive these awards," Zheludev said. "During my six years at Brookhaven, I have studied some fundamental aspects of magnetism, first using the Laboratory's High Flux Beam Reactor for neutron-scattering experiments, and now, since that has been shut down, using other neutron facilities throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. The high recognition that our work has received is very important for my collaborators and me, in part, because we feel that it confirms the commitment of the U.S. to renewing and expanding its neutron-scattering research effort."

Zheludev studies magnetism at the atomic level in exotic, custom-made, "one-dimensional" materials, bombarding them with neutrons to detect certain magnetic phenomena. These "quantum magnets" - magnets that demonstrate behavior totally inconsistent with the principles of classical physics - are prototypical systems that allow conceptual studies of phenomena found in more complex materials, such as high-temperature superconductors. This research helps scientists to develop and refine fundamental theories of magnetism that apply to all magnetic compounds and have important implications in other areas of solid-state physics.

Born in Russia, Zheludev earned B.S. degrees in physics and mathematics in 1989 from the Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology; M.S. degrees in physics and applied mathematics in 1991 jointly from the Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology and the Kapiza Institute for Physical Problems, in Moscow; and a Ph.D. in physics jointly from the Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Grenoble and the Université Joseph Fourier in France. He joined Brookhaven as a research associate in the Physics Department in 1994, became an assistant physicist in 1996, and an associate physicist in 1998.

Previous Brookhaven winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers are biochemist John Shanklin (1997) and physicist John Hill (1996). Both of these scientists also received the Department of Energy's Young Scientist Award.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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NOTE TO LOCAL EDITORS: Andrey Zheludev is a resident of Holtsville, NY.