Inaugural Faddeev Medal Awarded
By Nasser Kalantar-Nayestanaki (University of Groningen) and Daniel Phillips (Ohio University, Athens)
On July 11, 2018, the inaugural Faddeev Medal was awarded at the 22nd International Conference on Few-body Problems in Physics, in Caen, France. The medal recognizes distinguished achievement in few-body physics. The winners are:
- Vitaly Efimov: "For the theoretical discovery of a series of weakly-bound three-body quantum states known as Efimov states.”
- Rudolf Grimm: "In recognition of his ground-breaking experiments confirming the Efimov effect.”
In addition to the medal itself, Efimov & Grimm also each received US$1250 and a copy of the Ludwig Faddeev Memorial Volume, published by World Scientific. They engaged attendees at the conference with two delightfully different talks describing the paths that led them to their seminal results.
The Faddeev medal was inaugurated in 2016 by the European Research Committee on Few-Body Problems in Physics (ERCFBP) and the Topical Group on Few-Body Systems & Multiparticle Dynamics (GFB) of the American Physical Society. Springer, the publisher of the journal “Few-body Systems” provided generous support. It is awarded every three years to a scientist (or scientists) who advanced the field of few-body physics significantly — either through ground-breaking research or due to crucial progress achieved over the course of a career. An international panel of experts, chaired by Professor Giuseppina Orlandini (Trento) solicited nominations from the few-body community, and then selected Efimov & Grimm as the first Faddeev Medal recipients. The next Faddeev Medal will be awarded at the 23rd International Few-body Conference in Beijing, China.