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Dr. Graeme Luke awarded 2019 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal

08 May 2019

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2019 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to Graeme Luke, McMaster University, for his contributions in the field of superconductor research using muon-spin techniques, and his leading role in developing these techniques at TRIUMF, a signature of Canada's research excellence.

Prof. Graeme Luke is being recognized for a breadth of experimental studies on new quantum materials - new quantum magnets and superconductors with remarkable physical properties. Prof. Luke carried out these studies using both the Centre for Crystal Growth within the Brockhouse Institute for Materials at McMaster University, where the new materials were synthesized, and at the TRIUMF laboratories in Vancouver. Luke is internationally recognized for his ground breaking studies of new magnets and superconductors using beams of rare muon particles produced at TRIUMF.

“Graeme Luke has made outstanding contributions to the study and development of quantum materials,” said Dr. Reiner Kruecken, TRIUMF Deputy Director, Research. “His innovative work towards characterizing new magnetic materials and superconductors, accomplished by utilizing both TRIUMF and the Centre for Crystal Growth at McMaster University, represents a compelling example of excellence in Canadian science. The TRIUMF community is delighted to celebrate Graeme receiving this well-deserved award.”

The CAP Brockhouse Medal, which is sponsored jointly by the Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (DCMMP) and the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP), recognizes outstanding experimental or theoretical contributions to condensed matter and materials physics. It is named in honour of Bertram Brockhouse, whose outstanding contributions to research in condensed matter physics in Canada were recognized by the 1994 Nobel Prize for Physics. The annual Brockhouse medal was introduced in 1999.

Dr. Luke will be presented with his medal at a Medallists' Recognition Dinner in Vancouver on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The Awards Dinner is one of the featured events of the CAP Congress hosted by Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, from June 2-7. Please refer to the Congress outline ( for the schedule of plenary talks by the CAP medal winners.

About the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP)

The Canadian Association of Physicists, founded in 1945, is a professional association representing over 1600 individual physicists and physics students in Canada, the U.S. and overseas, as well as a number of Corporate, Institutional, and Departmental Members. In addition to its learned activities, the CAP, through its charitable arm - the CAP Foundation, also undertakes a number of activities intended to encourage students to pursue a career in physics.

(With contributions from the CAP press release)