Makoto Hashimoto Receives Lytle Award for Contributions to High-temperature Superconductor Research

Makoto Hashimoto, a staff scientist at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), has received the Farrel W. Lytle Award for his technical and scientific contributions to a research program that has produced new insights about high-temperature superconductors – materials that conduct electricity perfectly with no resistance at temperatures significantly higher than conventional superconductors.

“If I can make improvements beyond what the user expected, that makes me really happy.”

The award recognizes his work on more than 50 scientific publications in the field over the past decade, and honors his technical accomplishments in developing an experimental station at SSRL that allows researchers to study superconductivity and other states of matter that could be key to solving energy problems and developing electronics of the future.

Known as ARPES, or angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, the technology allows scientists to study the electronic behavior of solid matter more directly than ever before.

Presented annually at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the Lytle Award recognizes important technical or scientific accomplishments in synchrotron radiation-based science and collaboration between visiting scientists and staff at SSRL. SSRL is a DOE Office of Science User Facility.

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