U of M physicist wins prestigious award

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- A University of Minnesota physicist has won the Fritz London Memorial Prize -- the highest award in the field of low-temperature physics.

Allen Goldman, professor and head of the university's physics department, will receive the prize with two other professors next week in Japan.

The award, created by two-time Nobel Prize winner John Bardeen, is awarded once every three years by Duke University.

Goldman is being recognized for his work on the physics of superconductivity, a state in which electrons move freely. He and his students broke new ground in the field, devising a way to construct metal films only a few atoms thick and explaining how metal atoms switch from behaving like insulators to acting like superconductors.

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