Much of this research was carried out on the WISH, LET and MAPS instruments at ISIS.
The Nevill Mott Medal and Prize is awarded for distinguished contributions to condensed matter or materials physics. Prof Hayden used novel neutron scattering techniques to explore magnetic excitations in strongly correlated electron materials, particularly high temperature cuprate, iron-based and heavy-fermion superconductors. Understanding the many and various states of electrons in solids provides insights into fascinating phenomena such as high temperature superconductivity and the fractional quantum Hall effect.
Prof Hayden has been an active member of the ISIS user community for many years, both as a user and giving his time to evaluate proposals on our facility access panels. Russell Ewings, Excitations Group Leader has worked with Prof Hayden over many years. He says, “We were delighted to hear about Stephen’s work, a good fraction of which has been carried out using instruments here at ISIS, being recognised through this award. Stephen always takes great care over his experiments. Not only has this resulted in the impactful publications mentioned in the prize citation, but it has also helped us to develop our spectrometers over the years to perform better for other users too.”