Robert Brout Prize

  • Sophie Viaene (Recipient)

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


the Solvay Institutes honour a VUB or ULB master student in physics with an excellent academic record and an inspiring dissertation. Sophie's dissertation, entitled "Two-Dimensional Transformation Optics: A Guided Tour to Nonmagnetic Flatland Metamaterials", was carried out under supervision of Prof. Dr. Jan Danckaert, Prof. Dr. Philippe Tassin, and Dr. Vincent Ginis. This year, the Robert Brout Prize is awarded for the first time in memory of the Belgian-American physicist Robert Brout (1928-2011). Although Robert Brout was an all-round physicist, he is most renowned for his contribution to particle physics. Together with his companion in science, Fran├žois Englert, Brout introduced a consistent mechanism to explain why bosonic particles have mass. Fran├žois Englert and Peter Higgs received the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics after the discovery of the Brout-Englert-Higgs particle at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN.
OrganisationsInternational Solvay Institutes (IFFC-Solvay)