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August 12, 2002

Electronic newsroom



Four Brookhaven Lab Scientists Named Fellows of American Physical Society

UPTON, NY - Four scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory were elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) for the year 2001. Representing more than 42,000 members from all around the world, APS promotes the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics in the belief that an understanding of the nature of the physical universe will be of benefit to all humanity. The Society also publishes the world's most prestigious and widely read physics research journals, such as Physical Review Letters.

The scientists and their citations are listed below.

John H. Marburger III - For his contributions to laser physics and for his scientific leadership as Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory. Marburger served as Brookhaven Director from 1998-2001. He is now Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy under the White House.

Stephen G. Peggs - For his important contributions to the study of nonlinear dynamical effects in accelerators and for his contributions to the successful design, construction and operation of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. The Collider at Brookhaven is the premiere facility in the world for nuclear physics research.

Amarjit Soni - For contributions to studies of CP violation in b decays and the computation of weak matrix elements on the lattice. Both lines of research are likely to be important in understanding the breakdown of a fundamental symmetry of the physical universe, called CP.

Masaki Suenaga - For pioneering studies of the properties that control the critical current density of both low- and high-temperature superconductors. Superconductors are materials that, below a certain temperature, conduct electricity without resistance. Thus, electrical current will flow forever in a closed loop of superconducting material.

The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication or made significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the Society. Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of the then-current membership of the Society is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists. The Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited liability company founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.