Low Temperature Group

The Low Temperature Group was founded in 1945, and is concerned by a wide variety of topics linked by the common theme of low temperature physics.

These topics include:

  • Superfluidity
  • Superconductivity
  • The techniques relevant to the production and maintenance of low temperatures
  • Thermometry
  • Milli-Kelvin and micro-Kelvin techniques
  • The study of the electrical, thermal, magnetic and mechanical properties of solids and fluids at low temperatures

The Group also has interests in systems operating at low temperatures - for example, infrared detectors, devices based on the Josephson effect, cryopumps and superconducting magnets.

The Group maintains close links with the Superconductivity Group.

The Group is also responsible for the award of the Simon Memorial Prize which was established in 1956 to mark the outstanding work of Sir Francis Simon who was a key figure among those who founded the Group. It is given every two or three years for distinguished work in experimental or theoretical low temperature physics.

Simon memorial prize

Nominations are sought for the 2017 Simon Memorial Prize. Nominations should be sent to simonprize2017@manchester.ac.uk by November 15, 2016, together with a supporting statement describing the achievements for which the prize should be awarded. Letters supporting the nomination should be submitted together with the nomination. Selection policy is to avoid presenting the prize to previous winners of the Simon Memorial Prize or the Fritz London Memorial Prize

Simon memorial prize 



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