DPF Instrumentation Award

About the DPF Instrumentation Award

Nominations are open through June 15, 2017.

This award honors exceptional contributions to instrumentation and will be bestowed annually.

The award will be given for advancing the field of particle physics through the invention, refinement, or application of instrumentation and detectors. In particular, the award will be given for one or more of the following:

  • Conceptualization and development of unique instrumentation that has made a significant impact on the field.
  • Demonstration of the innovative use of instrumentation.
  • Stimulation of other researchers to use new techniques and methods.
  • Authorship of research papers or books that have had an influential role in the use of instrumentation.
  • Achievement in particle physics instrumentation through dedication over an entire career, or through significant impact at an early career stage.

Award recipient(s) will present an award lecture at the 2017 DPF Meeting at Fermilab.

Nominations need the following components:

        • A nominating letter of not more than 5,000 characters (about two pages) evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s)
        • A biographical sketch or CV
        • At least two, but not more than three, seconding letters

Nominations will be active for three years. The award shall ordinarily be given to one person, but the award may be shared by up to three people when all recipients have contributed to the same accomplishment.

Nominations for the 2017 award will be accepted through Academic Jobs Online (AJO) from now through June 15, 2017. Click the "Nominate" link on the 7th line under "Description."

Nominators should submit all of the material listed above, except the supporting letters. The names and email addresses of the supporting letter-writers should also be included in the nomination packet. If you encounter difficulty with the site, contact Bob Bernstein (rhbob@fnal.gov).

It is important to remember the membership of APS is diverse and global, so the Prize and Award winners as well as Fellows of the APS should reflect that diversity. Nominations of women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged. Nominations of qualified junior scientists are especially welcome this year and in subsequent odd-numbered years.

If you have any questions about the award, please contact the award committee:

2017 Selection Committee Members
Marina Artuso (Chair) (martuso@syr.edu)
Petra Merkel (Vice-chair) (petra@fnal.gov)
Hong Ma (hma@bnl.gov)
Stephen Holland (seholland@lbl.gov)
Tim Nelson (tknelson@slac.stanford.edu)
Abe Seiden (abs@scipp.ucsc.edu)
Gary Varner (varner@phys.hawaii.edu)

Recipients of the 2017 DPF Instrumentation Award

The Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society is pleased to announce that the 2017 DPF Instrumentation Award is presented to:
Blair N. Ratcliff, SLAC
Lawrence R. Sulak, Boston University
"For the development of novel detectors exploiting the Cherenkov radiation to enhance the capabilities of frontier experiments devoted to the study of beauty and charm hadrons and atmospheric neutrinos."

Previous Winners

2016 - Stephen Holland
2016 - Gary Varner
"For the development of technologies for detection of signals in frontier experiments, especially the fully depleted charge coupled device and the 'oscilloscope on a chip' integrated circuit."

2015 - David Nygren
2015 - Veljko Radeka
"For widespread contributions and leadership in the development of new detector technologies and low-noise electronics instrumentation in particle physics as well as other fields, and in particular work leading to the development and instrumentation of large volume liquid argon time projection chambers that are now a key element in the global particle physics program."
2015 Award Committee: Howard Nicholson (Chair) CPAD, Sally Seidel (vice Chair) DPF, Marina Artuso CPAD, Karsten Heeger DPF, Graham Smith CPAD