Prize Recipient

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Leslie J Rosenberg
University of Washington


"For leading the synthesis of precision microwave cavity techniques, superconducting quantum sensing, and cryogenic technology into the modern axion haloscope, and for the subsequent demonstration of experimental sensitivity to high-priority models of axions as dark matter."


Leslie Rosenberg graduated from UCLA in 1977 and became a research assistant at LBL. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1985 with the MAC Detector group at SLAC's PEP storage ring. There, his research focus was the strong-interaction coupling constant, searches for beyond-tau leptons, and first measurements of the lifetime of particles containing the bottom quark. He went on to become an Enrico Fermi Fellow at the University of Chicago on a search for point sources of PeV cosmic rays. There, he was the first to image the Sun and Moon in cosmic rays. He then joined the Physics faculty at MIT, where he became a leader in the search for dark-matter axions as well as co-designer of a large spectrometer in a search for CP violation at RHIC. He then moved to Livermore Laboratory and then the Physics faculty at the University of Washington. At Washington, he continues searches for dark-matter axions, as well as a program of radio and optical signatures of Bose dark-matter galactic structure formation. Leslie Rosenberg received an OJI award from the Department of Energy and a Career award from the NSF. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and served on many committees and panels.