Prize Recipient


Daniel Silveira


"For the introduction and use of innovative plasma techniques which produced the first demonstration of the trapping of antihydrogen."


Daniel de Miranda Silveira received his undergraduate degree in Physics in 1995 from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), where he also received his M.Sc. degree. He then moved to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where he did his doctoral studies working on cold atom spectroscopy. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2004, he worked for some time as a junior post-doctoral researcher between UFRJ, the University of California – Berkeley and CERN, where he first got involved with antihydrogen research. In 2006 he moved to Switzerland to work on the recently started ALPHA Collaboration, where he worked as a senior post-doctoral fellow until 2011. During this time, he and his colleagues demonstrated for the first time the magnetic trapping of antihydrogen atoms, as well as their long term confinement. In his last year at CERN, he was also the Technical Coordinator for the experiment. In 2011 he became an assistant professor at UFRJ. He has experience in the fields of Atomic and Plasma Physics, working on the following subjects: traps for neutral and charged particles, non-neutral plasma Physics and antihydrogen formation and trapping.

Selection Committee:

Michael Mauel, Chair; Richard Berger; Wim Leemans; Troy Carter; Carl Sovinec