UCC professor becomes first Irish recipient of major science award

A UCC professor is the first Irish recipient of one of the most prestigious awards in world science.

éamus Davis, Professor of Quantum Physics at UCC, has been named a recipient of the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics.

Awarded annually since 1953, a total of 18 Buckley Prize recipients have also received the Nobel Prize in Physics over the past 69 years. Prof. Davis will receive his award at the upcoming American Physical Society conference in Las Vegas.

The academic is also Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford’s Clarendon Lab.

The Buckley Prize was awarded to him in recognition of his development of quantum microscopes that allow direct atomic-level imaging of quantum matter present in advanced materials. The award is the successful conclusion of 25 years of work.

Speaking of the importance of his research, Prof. Davis said: “New materials are constantly being created in laboratories around the world. In the past, to properly understand these new materials, we observed some of their properties, developed theories based on these observations, tested them, and developed further theories based on what we would learn.

“This means that it has taken years, if not decades in some cases, to develop a complete material profile. What we have done is develop approaches and designs that allow us to extract direct atomic-level images of even the most complex electronic structure, giving us an almost instantaneous and complete profile of these materials.”

He added: “This work spans 25 years and there have been hundreds of contributors in that time – too many to thank individually. However, I would like to thank everyone who has supported our quantum microscope concept since it began at UC Berkeley in the 1990s, matured at Cornell University in the 2000s, and is now operational at UCC.”

UCC President Professor John O’Halloran described Prof Davis’ achievement as a “very significant scientific achievement”.

“We are so proud of the extraordinary work that Séamus is doing in spearheading some of the world’s greatest discoveries in quantum physics. We are so fortunate to have Séamus leading this groundbreaking work, which is generously supported by Science Foundation Ireland. Quantum and photonics is one of the recently announced thematic areas for UCC Futures research at UCC, and this award will add further momentum to this initiative,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, Philip Nolan, added: “This outstanding award recognizes his pioneering scientific research in quantum physics. We at Science Foundation Ireland are pleased to have supported his research. I’m sure his achievement will inspire future researchers and we wish him continued success in his groundbreaking work.”

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