Two 'magnetic' professors named Fellows of APS

By Wendy Hostein , November 28, 2008

    Graeme Luke and Takashi Imai, professors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, have just been named Fellows of the American Physical Society. File photo
Two professors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Graeme Luke and Takashi Imai, have just been named Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). The APS is the largest and most active professional society devoted to the promotion of research, education and other matters in the discipline of physics.

Luke and Imai work on related problems in superconductivity and magnetism using complementary techniques. This honour is a recognition of their outstanding contribution to physics.

Luke has been at McMaster since 1998. His research interests lie in the area of highly correlated electron systems, with an emphasis on superconductivity and magnetism. Luke was cited by the APS for "The study of exotic magnetism and superconductivity using muon spin rotation techniques."

Imai came to McMaster in 2002 as an associate professor and became professor in 2006. He is a condensed matter physicist and his research interest is in exotic quantum phenomena in new materials. Imai was cited for "Important studies of quantum magnetism and superconductivity using NMR techniques."

"Graeme and Takashi have made outstanding contributions to their respective areas of physics and we are very proud of their accomplishments," stated John Capone, dean of the Faculty of Science. "They are highly deserving of this honor and the fact that two of our faculty have achieved this prestigious recognition this year speaks volumes to the level of leading physics research being conducted here."

Both Luke and Imai are experimentalists in the condensed matter group at McMaster, members of the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research and members of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Quantum Materials program. Each have written numerous articles and their refereed publications have been cited thousands of times.