The Awardees

12thC. N. Yang Award 2023
  • Guancong MADanfeng LI

    City University of Hong Kong

    "For his discovery and synthesis of the first nickel oxide superconductor "

  • Jianwei WANGLi LI

    Institute of Theoretical Physics,
    Chinese Academy of Sciences

    "For his contributions in understanding the nature of black holes and in shedding new light on the phenomenology of quantum matter and complex systems"

  • Meng-Ru WULiyong ZHANG

    Beijing Normal University

    "For his pioneering research of heavy element synthesis in the first stars via nuclear reaction in deep underground laboratory"

11thC. N. Yang Award 2022 (APPC15)
  • Guancong MAGuancong MA

    Baptist University of Hong Kong

    "For his pioneering investigations of novel Hermitian and non-Hermitian topological phases in wave systems."

    Dr. Ma's main research interests lie in the realms of topological physics, non-Hermitian physics in classical-wave platforms and metamaterials. He studies topological physics using classical waves. His works have not only exemplified the universality of topology as a foundation in physics but have also vitalized the study of classical waves by bringing new tools for wave manipulations. For instance, his research opens a new frontier for topological physics by linking it to non-Hermitian systems - a new physical formalism that describes open systems. Singularities called "exceptional points" (EPs) can emerge in the parameter space of non-Hermitian systems. Dr. Ma was the first to experimentally realize higher-order exceptional points.

  • Jianwei WANGJianwei WANG

    Peking University

    "For his contribution in integrated photonic quantum information science and technologies"

    Dr. Wang is currently leading a group called the "Integrated Quantum Optics Lab" in the Physics School of Peking University. His research focuses on quantum information science and technologies with photons. He has developed large-scale integrated quantum photonic circuits and devices in silicon, and has developed versatile technologies to understand quantum foundations and to explore applications of quantum information theory in communications, simulations and computing. Dr. Wang realized the world's first integrated optical quantum chip with over 500 components, which significantly pushed the development of the field. He has made significant contributions to on-chip generation, manipulation and measurement of complex entanglement structures, including multiphoton entanglement and multidimensional entanglement.

  • Meng-Ru WUMeng-Ru WU

    Academia Sinica

    "For his contributions in understanding the origin of heavy elements and in the theoretical development of collective neutrino flavor oscillations in neutron star mergers and in supernovae".

    Dr Wu, with his collaborators, studied theoretical topics related to r-process nucleosynthesis and neutrino flavor conversions in mergers and supernovae. His work showed that r-process nucleosynthesis in outflows ejected viscously from post-merger black-hole accretion disk systems can robustly produce elemental abundance distributions that match well with what is inferred from the solar system and metal-poor star observations. For the theoretical modeling of kilonova lightcurves powered by the nuclear energy released from the decay of unstable nuclei made in the r-process, Dr. Wu and his collaborators found that the thermalization of particle species produced by different decay channels can largely affect the observable. He performed neutrino detection analysis and nucleosynthesis calculations to predict the elemental yields. For neutrino flavor conversions, he showed that neutron star merger remnants generally host favorable conditions for novel fast neutrino flavor conversions to occur within a length scale of centimeters.

10thC. N. Yang Award 2021
  • Chen FANGChen FANG

    Institute of Physics,
    Chinese Academy of Sciences

    "For his founding contribution in coining higher-order topological insulators and in completing a fast-diagnosis scheme for topological materials."

    Dr. Fang has played a key role in solving two important problems in this field, known as "diagnosis" and "classification", with the key concept of "topological invariant", a global quantum number that is used to distinguish topological materials from non-topological ones and to classify various types of topological materials. Note that the types and forms of all topological invariants depend only on two factors: symmetry and dimensionality. Identifying all invariants for a given dimension and symmetry group of interest is, therefore, an important "classification problem" for theorists. Dr. Fang's recent works in Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 246402 (2017) and Nature Communications 9, 3530 (2018), for the first time, identify four new Z2 topological invariants in 3D for the following spatial symmetries: rotation, screw rotation, roto-reflection, and inversion. He then used a theoretical tool, "layer construction", to solve the classification problem.

  • Masashi OTANIMasashi OTANI

    The High Energy Accelerator
    Research Organization (KEK)

    "For his development of the muon linac in realizing the muon acceleration for the first time in the world."

    Dr. Otani has succeeded in high-frequency acceleration of muons for the first time in the world. He devised the unique combination of muon cooling through generating negative muonium ion(the bound state of a positive muon and two electrons), decelerating muons down to less than 1 KeV (by simply injecting muons into a thin metal film), and then accelerating and bunching muons with a radio-frequency quadrupole linear accelerator (RFQ). This unique method has solved the decades-old problem in a limited experimental environment and will be the basis for a variety of future projects in high energy physics, including precise measurement of muons, neutrino factory, muon collider, and so on.

  • Yangping SHEN Yangping SHEN

    Nuclear Physics,
    China Institute of Atomic Energy

    "For his contribution in shedding new light on the critical reaction, 12C(α, γ)16O, in nuclear astrophysics"

    Dr. Shen's works mainly focus on the direct and indirect measurement on this "Holy Grail" reaction. He develops the indirect technique based on the independent (11B, 7Li) transfer reaction with less breakup effect and experimentally determines the external-capture contribution in the 12C(α, γ)16O for the first time. This work results in a significant increase of the total S factor which is now in good agreement with the value obtained by reproducing supernova nucleosynthesis calculations with the solar-system abundances.

9thC. N. Yang Award 2020
  • Jinsong ZHANGJinsong ZHANG

    Physics Department,
    Tsinghua University

    "For his outstanding contributions to topological quantum matter research, in realizing the quantum anomalous Hall effect and axion insulator phase in magnetic topological insulators."

    Dr. Jinsong Zhang's research has focused on the low-temperature transport study of topological quantum matter and two-dimensional (2D) layered materials under electric and magnetic fields, including topological insulators (TI), the quantum anomalous Hall effect (QAHE), and quantum phase transitions. His techniques and works include (1) band structure engineering in topological insulators, (2) the first experimental realization of QAHE, (3) topology-driven magnetic quantum phase transition, and (4) the axion insulator and Chern insulator phases in intrinsic 2D magnetic TI MnBi2Te4, which have demonstrated new approaches to study fundamentally new and unexpected physical behaviors in metastable materials.

  • Chen FANGZhiqing LIU

    Shandong University

    For his outstanding contributions to experimental hadron physics that goes beyond the quark model; in particular, for the discovery of the four-quark particle Zc(3900).

    Dr. Liu is an experimentalist working on particle physics and nuclear physics, with the Beijing Spectrometer III (BES III), Belle/Belle II, and anti-Proton ANnihilation at Darmstadt (PANDA) experiments. He participated in the discovery of a charged charmonium-like state Zc(3900) at the BES III experiment in 2013, and made the same observation at the Belle experiment. Note that the Zc(3900) particle is regarded as the first convincing candidate for a tetraquark particle by the hadron physics community, a highly acclaimed event reported in Physics and selected by the American Physics Society as the number one standout story of the "Top Eleven Highlighted Events" in physics in 2013.

  • Nobuyuki KOBAYASHINobuyuki KOBAYASHI

    Osaka University

    For his critical role in advancing the understanding of the scattering amplitudes in gauge theories, gravity, and string theory.

    Dr. Kobayashi has led the research field of halo formation in unstable nuclei using radioisotope (RI) beams at RIKEN Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory (RIBF). His main achievements include spectroscopic studies on novel halo nuclei 37Mg, 31,29Ne, and 22C via inclusive breakup reactions. In addition, he worked on a lifetime measurement of the excited states of the unstable nucleus 43S at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), Michigan State University (MSU) and a study of pygmy dipole resonances on 208Pb via (p,p'γ) reactions at the Research Center for Nuclear Physics (RCNP), Osaka University.

8thC. N. Yang Award 2019 (APPC14)

    University of Technology Sydney

    "For his pioneering studies of quantum emitters in two-dimensional materials and wide bandgap semiconductors."

    Aharonovich's group explores new quantum emitters in wide bandgap materials and aims to fabricate quantum nanophotonic devices on single chips for the next generation's quantum computing, quantum cryptography, and quantum bio-sensing needs. In 2016, Aharonovich led his team to discover the first quantum emitter in 2D materials operating at room temperature. He co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, including one of the most cited reviews on diamond photonics. More recently, he has led his team to realize a new generation of plasmonic devices.

  • Xiong-Jun LIU Xiong-Jun LIU

    Peking University

    "For his outstanding contributions to ultracold atomic research, in realizing an original quantum simulation for synthetic gauge field and topological quantum phases."

    Liu is one of the pioneers in quantum simulation for synthetic gauge field and topological quantum phases. He proposed the first model of the (quantum) spin Hall effect for ultracold atoms and has successfully realized one-dimensional spin-orbit coupling (Abelian synthetic gauge field) and two-dimensional spin-orbit coupling (non-Abelian synthetic gauge field) for ultracold atoms, in addition to establishing a systematic theory for realizing, engineering, and detecting topological phases. These works have advanced quantum simulation for synthetic gauge field and topological quantum phases to a highly active and broadly recognized research topic in ultracold atoms. Importantly, for condensed matter physics, he proposed the concept of symmetry protected non-Abelian statistics of Majorana zero modes in topological superconductors, which has added a new family member of non-Abelian statistics to quantum statistics and has fundamentally overturned the traditional view of non-Abelian statistics. His works have creatively changed the theory and has had a crucial impact on the related experimental investigations.

  • Song HESong HE

    Institute of Theoretical Physics,
    Chinese Academy of Sciences

    "For his critical role in advancing the understanding of the scattering amplitudes in gauge theories, gravity, and string theory."

    Song He has played a key role in recent advances in better understanding the scattering amplitudes in gauge theories, gravity, and string theory. He is renowned for discovering new ways of computing scattering amplitudes and unraveling their elegant mathematical structures and hidden relations. Since Witten's celebrated proposal of twistor string theory in 2003, there has been enormous progress in computing and understanding the scattering amplitudes of quantum field theory (QFT), which is conceivably the foundation of particle physics. In this fast-growing frontier of theoretical high energy physics, Song He's works not only enable more precise predictions of the Standard Model for high-energy experiments, such as the LHC, but also shed new light on the structures of QFT and the fundamental issues in quantum gravity and string theory.

7thC. N. Yang Award 2016 (APPC13)
  • 1. Ling Lu

    Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  • 2. Marcus William Doherty

    Australian National University, Australia

  • 3. Takao Sasagawa

    Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

6thC. N. Yang Award 2013 (APPC12)
  • 1. Jun Cao

    Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  • 2. Bae Ho Park

    Konkuk University, Korea

  • 3. Toshiro Kaneko

    Tohoku University, Japan

  • 4. Masahide Yamaguchi

    Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

5thC. N. Yang Award 2010 (APPC11)
  • 1. Dong-Lai Feng

    Fudan University, China

  • 2. ZhongFang

    Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  • 3. XianfengChen

    Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

4thC. N. Yang Award 2007 (APPC10)
  • 1. Hyun-Su Lee

    University of Chicago, USA

  • 2. Hong-SeokLee

    Yonsei University, Korea

  • 3. Ji HoonShim

    Rutgers University, USA

3rdC. N. Yang Award 2004 (APPC9)
  • 1. Phan Ngoc Minh

    IMS, VAST, Vietnam

  • 2. Nguyen HuuDuc

    College of Applied Sciences and Technology, Vietnam Nat'l Univ, Vietanam

2ndC. N. Yang Award 2000 (APPC8)
  • 1. Chi-Kuang Sun

    Dept of Electric Engineering, Nat'l Taiwan Univ, Taiwan

  • 2. Rong-Li Lo

    Dept of Physics, Nat'l TsingHuaUniv, Taiwan

1stC. N. Yang Award 1997 (APPC7)
  • 1. Jian Wu

    Dept of Physics, Tsinghua Univ, China

  • 2. Haitao Yang

    IOP, CAS, Chin