Lev Pitaevskii – professor of the University of Trento now retired – has been selected to receive the American Physical Society’s 2021 Lars Onsager Prize, which recognizes outstanding work in atomic physics or surface physics.
The citation for the award reads: “For originating the Gross-Pitaevskii theory of non-uniform Bose-Einstein condensates and subsequent extensive contributions to the theory of quantum fluids, especially as applied to ultracold atomic gases.”
The Lars Onsager Prize was endowed in 1993 by Drs. Russell and Marian Donnelly in memory of the unique spirit of Lars Onsager and his passion for analytical results.
The prize is open to researchers in statistical physics covering a wide range of physical phenomena.