Suzuki Receives M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship

New Mexico Consortium (NMC) would like to congratulate Yoko Suzuki as the recipient of the M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship. This fellowship, given by the American Physicist Society, is a one-year award for women in physics to enable returning to their careers after an interruption. M. Hildred Blewett, an accelerator physicist who died in 2004, was passionate about physics and wanted to help women overcome obstacles in their career.

Yoko Suzuki, who was born and raised in Japan, came to the United States for graduate work and earned her PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from the City University of New York in 2007. She is a low temperature experimentalist specializing in quantum tunneling of magnetization (QTM) in nano-magnets. Suzuki was a postdoctoral associate and Seaborg fellow in National High Magnetic Laboratory at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) where she worked on Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy.

After taking a career break due to a premature birth, a difficult pregnancy and to care for two young children, Suzuki has returned to do research at NMC.

The Blewett Fellowship will afford Suzuki time to work on her own experimental research proposal to study decoherence processes and the role of spin-phonon coupling during Landau-Zener two level crossing with QTM. Acoustic and ultrasound waves will be used to stimulate QTM. She is applying for funding to start a low temperature laboratory with a He3 cryostat and a 5-Tesla magnet to conduct the experiment at the NMC. 

To learn more about the M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship click here.


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