Physicist Paul Corkum has been awarded the 2015 Lomonosov Gold Medal. The award, named after Russian scientist and polymath Mikhail Lomonosov, is awarded each year by the Russian Academy of Sciences for outstanding achievements in the natural sciences and the humanities. The Academy’s highest accolade, two medals are awarded annually: one to a Russian and one to a foreign scientist.
Corkum was recognized for his outstanding contributions in the area of ultrafast physics, including attosecond range, and interferometry processes of electron wave functions in atoms and molecules with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution.
Working at the Advanced Research Complex at the University of Ottawa, Corkum is an internationally renowned physicist who forged his reputation by becoming the first to successfully produce 650-attosecond pulses, incredibly short flashes of light that allow scientists to capture the movement of subatomic particles and observe molecular reactions as they occur.