Gerhard recipient wins second major prize

Dr. Paul Corkum may be suffering from an embarrassment of riches these days, having in the space of two months won two major awards that will see his research flush with cash.
The uOttawa professor and NRC researcher is this year’s recipient of the Premier’s Discovery Award for Natural Sciences and Engineering, one of Ontario’s most Corkum80X132.jpgprestigious science honours and, carrying a $500,000 prize, certainly one of its richest. In March, he won the $1-million Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, Canada’s top science prize.
“NRC is proud of Dr. Corkum, who is widely regarded as one of the world's premier researchers in the field of attosecond science,” says NRC president Dr. Pierre Coulombe. “This cutting-edge research provides the ultimate window into what’s happening at the molecular level and helps scientists study the fastest processes in atomic and molecular physics.”
An attosecond – the number one to 18 decimal places – equals one billionth of a billionth of a second. To put this in perspective, one attosecond is to one second as a second is to the age of the universe.
“It is an honour for the University of Ottawa, one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities, to have Dr. Corkum among its researchers,” says Allan Rock, president of uOttawa. “Dr. Corkum is known as the father of the attosecond pulse. His work in attosecond science continues to break new boundaries in science and technology.”
Dr. Corkum’s research focuses on ways to control the movement of electrons as they speed along inside molecules, which promises breakthrough applications in fields ranging from quantum computing to diagnostic medicine.

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