The first Blinc Award for extraordinary achievement awarded to Martin Klanjšek

Martin Klanjšek was awarded the Blinc Award for extraordinary one-time achievement in physics for proving the existence of unusual quasiparticles called anyons.

Martin Klanjšek receiving the Blinc Award. Photo credit: Jan Šuntajs

On October 24, 2019, the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana and the Jožef Stefan Institute awarded the first Blinc awards for research and theoretical work in physics. The awards were founded to celebrate the best Slovenian physicists and to commemorate academician Robert Blinc, one of the sharpest Slovenian researchers and a member of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts.

Assist. Prof. Martin Klanjšek was awarded the Blinc Award for extraordinary one-time achievement for his article in the journal Nature Physics, reporting the experimental evidence for the existence of unusual quasiparticles called anyons. The Nobel prize winner Frank Wilczek proposed the existence of such particles four decades ago, yet the first experimental confirmation was done by a group lead by Martin Klanjšek. The discovery is important also as the braiding operations with anyons offer one of the most promising platforms for topological quantum computing.

Martin Klanjšek with Prof. Matjaž Perc, the winner of the Blinc Award for physicist at the beginning of their career (left) and Prof. Peter Prelovšek, who received the Blinc Award for lifetime achievements (middle). Photo credit: Jan Šuntajs