Prize Recipient

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Arthur Hebard
University of Florida


"For discovery and pioneering investigations of the superconductor-insulator transition, a paradigm for quantum phase transitions."


Arthur F. Hebard received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Yale University in 1962 and his PhD degree from Stanford University in 1971. His thesis work focused on an experimental search for free quarks residing on magnetically suspended superconducting spheres. In 1972 Hebard became a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories where he specialized in research on thin-film superconductors. This research included collaborative work on the development of a two-coil technique to measure the magnetic penetration length, studies of the Kosterlitz-Thouless vortex-unbinding transition, the characterization of magnetic field driven superconductor-insulator transitions, and the discovery of superconductivity in alkali metal doped carbon sixty (C60). In 1996 Hebard moved to the University of Florida where he is currently a Distinguished Professor of Physics specializing in the study of magnetism in thin films and at thin film interfaces of complex oxides, graphene and semiconductors. He is coauthor on more than 260 peer-reviewed papers, holds 10 patents, and currently serves as an Associate Editor for Reviews of Modern Physics. Hebard is a Fellow of the APS and AAAS and is a recipient of the 2008 APS James C. Mcgroddy Prize for New Materials.

Selection Committee:

Laura Greene, Chair; L. Balents; P. Kim; P. McEuen; D. Weitz; D. Arovas