Bristol physicist scoops neutron prize

A Bristol University physicist has won the B.T.M. Willis Prize for neutron scattering in recognition of his research into the quantum properties of novel materials


A BristolUniversity physicist has been awarded the B.T.M. Willis Prize for neutron scattering in recognition of his fundamental research into the quantum properties of novel materials.



Dr Radu Coldea won the prize, which is awarded annually by the Neutron Scattering Group of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry.



Coldea’s research aims to understand the properties of materials at a fundamental microscopic level. The results could have a range of real life applications, such as the synthesis of new materials with improved electric and magnetic properties. This could lead to more efficient magnetic memories and faster electronic devices.



The majority of Coldea’s work uses the ISIS neutron source at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford. ISIS is a world leading facility for research into the physical and life sciences.



Explaining the importance of ISIS, Coldea said: ‘Neutron scattering enables us to get results we can’t get with any other technique. It allows us to see up close the magnetic structure of materials and the energy dependence of the spin dynamics involved when billions of electrons act in unison.’