Dmitri Kharzeev Awarded Humboldt Prize

Skoltech is excited to announce that Dmitri Kharzeev, Skoltech Founding Faculty Fellow, has received the 2013 Humboldt Prize, valued at 60,000 EUR for predicting the Chiral Magnetic Effect in the quark-gluon plasma.

The Humboldt Research Award is granted to up to 100 researchers in recognition of their entire achievements to date, to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

The award winners must be nominated by a colleague and only about 40 percent of nominees are named Humboldt recipients. Upon receiving this recognition, recipients are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.

Identifying the Chiral Magnetic Effect is important as a similar effect exists within the physics of solids and could potentially enable the transfer of energy and information through Chiral materials such as graphene without dissipating. The ability to transfer energy and information could potentially lead to new fields in electronics.

Congratulations to Dmitri and we look forward to your continued success!

Chiral Magnetic Effect (CME) is the phenomenon of electric charge separation induced by topological configurations of gluon fields in the presence of magnetic field; both are present in heavy ion collisions. CME opens a possibility to observe directly the effect induced by non-trivial topology of Quantum Chromo-Dynamics (QCD).  Topological effects in QCD may be responsible for much of the properties of the physical world, including the 95% of the mass of the visible Universe.

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