Hopkins Physicist Wins Research Award
Each year just 30 researchers are granted the awards, which provide an annual $100,000 grant for five years to support the recipient's research and academic work.
Winners are chosen based on their competence and leadership as educators and researchers in science or engineering, and their impact on their institution. The awards are aimed at young faculty members; nominees must be within eight years of receiving their doctorate and four years of commencing their first tenure track position.
Dr. Broholm, 32, specializes in experimental condensed matter physics and is working on research involving superconductivity. He is an expert in the area of neutron scattering and leads a team of three Hopkins graduate students conducting experiments at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Gaithersburg, Md.
Scientists use beams of neutrons to analyze electronic properties at the atomic level and study the atomic "spins" that determine the magnetic characteristics of materials. The technique allows them to analyze the workings of superconductivity, a condition in which electrons are conducted with no resistance.
The United States has few young scientists who are experts in neutron scattering, while European institutions are training more researchers in the field, Dr. Broholm noted.
"I think there are too few in the states," he said.
Dr. Broholm joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1990. He earned a Ph.D. in physics in 1988 from the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark. In 1985, he earned a master of science degree in physics and electrical engineering from The Technical University of Denmark. From 1988 to 1990 he was a postdoctoral member of the technical staff of AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey.
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