The following news release was originally issued by the American Physical Society (APS). Nathalie de Leon is the Materials Thrust Leader at the Brookhaven Lab-led Co-design Center for Quantum Advantage (C2QA). Ali Yazdani is a Principal Investigator within that thrust, helping to establish a suite of world-class multimodal tools optimized for rapid feedback with quantum measurements. C2QA is one of five Department of Energy Quantum Information Science Research Centers established in support of the National Quantum Initiative. For more information on Brookhaven’s involvement, contact Denise Yazak (, 631-344-6371).

APS Announces Recipients of the Spring 2023 Prizes and Awards

Each year, APS recognizes outstanding achievement in research, education, and public service. This year’s spring award recipients, listed below, were selected from hundreds of nominees from across the physics community. APS congratulates them and applauds their dedication to science. The recipients will be recognized at several APS meetings in 2023, including the March Meeting and the April Meeting.

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Nathalie de Leon (Photo courtesy of Princeton University)

Nathalie de Leon received the Rolf Landauer and Charles H. Bennett Award in Quantum Computing, which recognizes recent outstanding contributions in quantum information science, especially using quantum effects to perform computational and information-management tasks that would be impossible or infeasible by purely classical means.

She earned the award “for substantial contributions to the field of experimental quantum information science with an emphasis on materials discovery and enhancement, and using materials to enable improved coherence across a wide range of physical platforms for quantum computing, sensing, and communication.”

de Leon is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Associated Faculty in the Princeton Center for Complex Materials at Princeton University in New Jersey.

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Ali Yazdani (Photo courtesy of Princeton University)

J. C. Seamus Davis and Ali Yazdani received the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize, which recognizes outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics.

They earned the prize “for innovative applications of scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy to complex quantum states of matter.”

Davis is a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford in the UK. Yazdani is the Class of 1909 Professor of Physics and Director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials at Princeton University in New Jersey.

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