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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — National MagLab physicist Marcelo Jaime has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of experimental physics, particularly for the study of strongly correlated electron systems and quantum phase transitions in extreme magnetic fields.
Jaime received his Ph.D. in physics from the Instituto Balseiro in Bariloche, Argentina. He first joined the National MagLab as a postdoctoral research associate at the lab's Pulsed Field Facility, located at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. He has worked at the lab ever since, developing techniques to use in high magnetic fields (both pulsed and continuous) and low temperatures to better understand emergent behavior through the thermal and crystal lattice properties of materials near field-induced quantum phase transitions. In 2007 Jaime received the James J. Christensen Memorial Award, presented by Brigham Young University, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development and use of calorimetric equipment.
"Marcelo is one of the leading experimentalists at the MagLab's Pulsed Field Facility," said National MagLab Director Greg Boebinger. "He has augmented his impressive research career with a sustained track record of introducing new measurement techniques to high magnetic field research at both our LANL and Florida State University branches."
Jaime said he enjoys both his technical, hands-on work at the lab and the challenge of understanding observations made during experiments.
"Combining the MagLab's state-of-the-art magnets with in-house experimental technique development is the most fun a scientist can have," Jaime said. "However, without the high-quality materials and the enthusiasm brought in by scientists from across the world who conduct experiments in our magnets, many of the recent breakthroughs in the area of quantum materials would not have happened."
Jaime was named fellow of the American Physical Society in 2011 and currently serves as vice-chair of the APS Topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications, or GMAG.
Election as a AAAS fellow is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers for recognition of work to advance science or its applications. A virtual induction ceremony for the newly elected Fellows will take place on Feb. 13, 2021, the Saturday following the AAAS Annual Meeting.
Story by Kristen Coyne