Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Former PhD student Ryan Thomas has received the Hatherton Award for his paper on particle collisions that demonstrates and extends our understanding of the Pauli exclusion principle, which places fundamental constraints on where certain atomic particles can be located. Ryan used lasers to collide clouds of ultra-cold potassium atoms in Associate Professor Niels Kjærgaard's lab. The Royal Society Te Apārangi acknowledges and celebrates with this award the best scientific paper by a PhD student at any New Zealand university, studying chemical, physical, mathematical or information sciences.
This is the 5th time a PhD student from our department has won this award since it started in 1997. Our Head of Department, Professor Craig Rodger, being the inaugural recipient.
Congratulations to Ryan and also to Niels!