Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics

This prize recognizes outstanding work in atomic physics or surface physics. The prize consists of $5,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient or recipients.

Establishment & Support

This Prize was established in 1965 by AT&T Bell Laboratories (now Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent Technologies) and with additional support from the Chope Family Trust.

Rules & Eligibility

This prize will normally be awarded in odd years (i.e. 2019) to a candidate who presents work for surface physics and in even years (i.e. 2020) for a candidate who presents work for outstanding work in atomic physics. This prize shall ordinarily be awarded to one person, but may be shared when all recipients have contributed to the same accomplishments. Nominations are open to scientists of all nationalities regardless of the geographical site at which the work was done. Nominations are active for three cycles. The recipient for 2018 Prize will be selected for work done in the area of atomic physics.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2020

The nomination package must include:

A letter of not more than 5,000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s). In addition, the nomination should include:

  • A biographical sketch.
  • A list of the most important publications.
  • At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
  • Up to five reprints or preprints.

To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2020 Selection Committee Members: Ali Belkacem (Chair), John Thomas ('18 Recipient), Hartmut Häffner , Jim Shaffer, Thad Walker


Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists worldwide is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.