Dr Elvezio Morenzoni was awarded the 2008 Yamazaki prize at the µSR2008 conference in Tsukuba, Japan for his outstanding achievements for the development of Low Energy μSR opening completely new possibilities in many areas of modern physics, chemistry, biology and also technical applications.
Elvezio Morenzoni led the development of a unique instrument for the use of low-energy muons at PSI (LEM). For the first time, the device allows controlled, near-surface incorporation of muons into different depths of the samples to be examined, ranging from a few to a few hundred nanometers. This opens up a wealth of new applications, especially when studying very thin samples of multilayer systems and surfaces. At the award ceremony, Dr. Morenzoni explained he accepted that award not only for himself but also as a representative “for all the persons who have helped to build the LEM experiment at PSI”.