Charpak-Ritz Prize 2018 awarded to Roland Horisberger

Joint prize with the Swiss Physical Society.

The French Physical Society and the Swiss Physical Society have created a joint prize in 2016, the Charpak-Ritz Prize to highlight the tight relationship between the two Societies and to keep the memory alive of Georges Charpak and Walther Ritz who both have profoundly contributed to physics in their respective times.

The prize distinguishes exceptional contributions in physics or in its development, to honor - in odd years -  a physicist (or a small team of physicists) who has produced significant contributions in France, and - in even years - a physicist (or a small team of physicists) who has produced significant contributions in Switzerland.

We are proud to announce the 2018 award.




The Charpak-Ritz Prize 2018 awarded to Roland Horisberger 

The 2018 Charpak-Ritz, jointly awarded by the French Physical Society and the Swiss Physical Society, has been bestowed to Roland Paul Horisberger for his numerous contributions to the development of precision silicon vertex detectors for particle physics experiments as well as for the application of these technologies in X-ray photon sciences. His ground breaking work for the silicon microstrip detector for DELPHI at LEP, the H1-central vertex detector at HERA and the CMS pixel detector for CMS have been crucial for the excellent physics performances and discoveries of these experiments. He successfully transferred these novel technologies, like for instance the PILATUS pixel detectors, to the field of X-ray photon sciences and such enabled a large number of new scientific results. With his group at PSI he has created the foundations that allowed in 2007 the creation of a spin-off company that now is the market leader in single photon counting pixel detectors at synchrotrons world wide.

The prize ceremony will take place at the Journées de la Matière Condensée (JMC) on 27 August 2018 in Grenoble. JMC is the prime event of the French Physical Society in 2018, organized bi-annually, alternating with le Congrès Général de la Société Française de Physique.


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