He is recognised for his sustained and exceptional contributions to the development of the muon spin relaxation (μSR) technique to investigate solid-state physics.
Roberto began his μSR career at CERN, and was one of the founders of the ISIS muon facility in 1987. He has been a long-time user of the muon facilities at ISIS and PSI, as well as performing many pioneering NMR experiments at his lab in Parma.
The prize is awarded by the International Society for Muon Spectroscopy (ISMS). Professor Stephen Blundell, ISMS President, said, “Roberto De Renzi’s work has made effective bridges between NMR and muon techniques and he is particularly well known for his work in magnetism and superconductivity.”
The $3000 prize is made available by the ISMS every three years to any scientist for outstanding, sustained work in μSR science with long-term impact on scientific and/or technical μSR applications. Previous winners of the Yamazaki prize are Y.J. Uemura (2005), E. Morenzoni (2008) and J. Brewer (2011). This year’s prize was awarded at the International Conference on Muon-Spin Rotation, Relaxation and Resonance in Grindelwald, Switzerland in June 2014.