Quantum matter research earns New Horizons in Physics Prize

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation recently unveiled its 2022 prize winners, a list that included the latest addition to Perimeter's faculty.

Perimeter congratulates Dominic Else, co-winner of the 2022 New Horizons in Physics Prize for breakthroughs in the study of quantum matter.

Else recently joined Perimeter’s faculty, where he will soon be working with scientists at the Institute’s Clay Riddell Centre for Quantum Matter. (He is on a leave of absence at Harvard University for the current academic year.) He shares the prize with researchers at Stanford University, the University of Tokyo, and the University of California, Berkeley.

“Dominic is a young, rising star working on theoretical aspects of quantum matter, and this prestigious award is well deserved,” says Perimeter Director Robert Myers. “We’re thrilled to have him join Perimeter.”

The annual New Horizons in Physics Prize recognizes early-career scientists making important progress on fundamental problems.

The award citation lauds Else and his co-winners for their “pioneering theoretical work” involving new phases of non-equilibrium quantum matter, including time crystals (crystals that break time-translational symmetry rather than spatial symmetry, as typical crystals do).

The New Horizons in Physics Prize is awarded by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, which also offers the $3-million Breakthrough Prize, which this year went to physicists Hidetoshi Katori and Jun Ye for devising quantum clocks of exquisite accuracy.

Congratulations to Else and all the scientists recognized for their groundbreaking contributions to fundamental science.

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