Moore Foundation grantees at Princeton University were recognized by Physics World magazine for their work with a "Top Ten Breakthrough" award for 2015.
M. Zahid Hasan's group uncovered the Weyl fermion, a massless particle proposed to be building blocks of other subatomic particles such as electrons, earlier this year. These particles could result in a flow of electricity with nearly no resistance, leading to faster and more efficient electronics in the future.
The Top Ten is chosen by a panel of Physics World editors and reporters. The winning research must have been published in 2015 and also has to meet these four criteria:
• fundamental importance of research;
• significant advance in knowledge;
• strong connection between theory and experiment; and
• general interest to all physicists
Hasan's work is supported by the Foundation's Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems initiative through grant 4547.
Read about the Top Ten winners here, and a Physics World article about the Weyl fermion here.