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  • Past Laureates of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Physics


    The 2012 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Physics was awarded for observational or theoretical achievements in the study of extra-solar planets.

    Tel Aviv University is proud to announce that the 2012 prize laureates are:


    Prof. David Charbonneau

    Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University
    Department of Astronomy
    60 Garden St.
    Cambridge, MA 02138, USA


    For his breakthrough discoveries, including the first detections of transiting extra-solar planets and spectroscopic observations of their atmospheres.



    Prof. Sara Seager

    Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Science and Physics
    Department of Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Science
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 54-1718
    Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    For her brilliant theoretical studies, including analysis of the atmospheres and internal compositions of extra-solar planets.



    Research field: Nano-Photonics and Nano-Plasmonics


    Prof. Mark L. Brongersma

    Materials Science and Engineering Department, Geballe Laboratory of Advanced Materials
    Stanford University, McCullough Bldg, Rm 349, 476 Lomita Mall, Stanford, CA 94305-4045



    For outstanding experimental and theoretical research in nano-plasmonics and nano-photonics; in particular on the emission of light from nano-structures that support propagating surface plasmons.


    Prof. Stefan A. Maier
    Co-Director, Centre for Plasmonics & Metamaterials, Experimental Solid State Group, Physics Department
    Imperial College London, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2AZ, England

    For outstanding theoretical and experimental research in nano-plasmonics and nano-photonics; in particular on the propagation of surface plasmons-polaritons along a chain of metallic nano-particles.




    Research field: Physics Beyond the Standard Model in the LHC Era


    Prof. Nima Arkani-Hamed,
    School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

    For his novel, deep and highly influential contributions to new paradigms for physics beyond the Standard Model at the TeV energy scale, especially the ideas of large extra dimensions and of the large hierarchy of strengths of fundamental forces in Nature, including gravity; supersymmetry model-building; theories of flavor and of neutrino masses; and models of the cosmological constant.





    Research field: Theoretical or Experimental Nuclear/Hadron Physics

    Professor Thomas Glasmacher, Michigan State University

    Professor Yuri V. Kovchegov, Ohio State University



    Research field: Observational or Theoretical Astronomy and Astrophysics

    Professor Andrea M. Ghez, University of California, Los Angeles

    Professor Adam G. Riess, The Johns Hopkins University



    Research field: Physics of Engineered Materials

    Professor Dr. Leo P. Kouwenhoven, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    Professor Dr. Ullrich Steiner, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom



    Research field: Theoretical High Energy Physics

    Professor Michael R. Douglas, Rutgers State University

    Professor Juan Martin Maldacena, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton

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