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Walter N. Hardy Condensed matter physicist

Walter Hardy has devoted more than two decades to experimental studies of HiTc superconductors, concentrating on development of both crystal growth methods and a variety of precision microwave measurement techniques. The team of CIFAR members Doug Bonn, Hardy and master crystal grower Ruixing Liang, have been providing the highest quality HiTc crystals available, crystals that continue to be supplied to many groups around the world. His present activities include support to HiTc materials development, as well as being a technical advisor to the students and postdoctoral fellows. For the past 10 years, Hardy has also been a member of the ALPHA (Antihydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus) experiment based at CERN.


NSERC John C. Polanyi Prize to ALPHA Canada: M. Fujiwara, M. Hayden, W. Hardy, D. Gill, A. Olin, S. Menary, R. Thompson; includes $250,000 research grant., 2014.

Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering (shared with D. Bonn and R. Liang; includes $250,000 research grant)., 2006.

Fellow, American Physical Society, 2003.

Fritz London Memorial Award, 23rd International Conference on Low Temperature Physics, Hiroshima, Japan, August 2002.

Relevant Publications

T. Wu et al, "Magnetic-field-induced charge-stripe order in the high-temperature superconductor," Nature, vol. 477, pp. 191-194, 2011.

J. Chang et al, "Direct observation of competition between superconductivity and charge density wave order in YBa2Cu3O6," Nature Physics, vol. 8, pp. 871-876, 2012.

D. LeBoeuf et al, "Thermodynamic phase diagram of static charge order in underdoped YBa2Cu3Oy," Nature Physics, vol. 9, pp. 79-83, 2013.

AJ Achkar et al, " Distinct charge orders in the planes and chains of ortho-III-ordered YBa2Cu3O6+d superconductors identified by resonant elastic x-ray scattering," Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 109, pp. 167001 (1-5), 2012.

C. Amole et al, "Resonant quantum transitions in trapped antihydrogen atoms," Nature, vol. 483, pp. 439-443, Mar. 2012.



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University of British ColumbiaDepartment of Physics & Astronomy


PhD (Physics) University of British Columbia

BSc (Honours Math and Physics) University of British Columbia



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