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Jeff Martin

The Erica and Arnold Rogers Award for Excellence in Research


Jeff Martin

BSc, MSc, PhD

Jeff Martin is an outstanding young nuclear and particle physicist who has already made a major impact in his field of study. Martin's research in experimental nuclear physics is oriented towards searching for fundamental physics discoveries beyond the so-called “Standard Model” of particle physics. Since joining The University of Winnipeg, Martin has been responsible for five significant projects:

  • The development of a new ultracold neutrons (UCN) source in Canada
  • The first measurement of neutron beta-asymmetry using UCN
  • Research and development towards the measurement of the proton's weak charge
  • The development of an accurate electron beam polarimetry for the Q-weak experiment
  • A determination of the contribution of strange quark-antiquark pairs to the electromagnetic form factors as part of the G0 experiment

Martin is also part of the Prairie Isotope Production Enterprise (PIPE), which is a not-for-profit corporation based in Manitoba with the goal to develop a reliable supply of the medical isotope Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) for Canadian patients.

  • In June 2009, Martin was successful in a project grant competition that gave him $4.225-million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation's New Initiatives Fund, the largest research grant of ever awarded to a Manitoba academic, for creating the world's highest-density source of ultracold neutrons. This ground-breaking project will enable a class of precision experiments on the fundamental interactions of the neutron to be conducted with higher precision than ever before. 
  • Martin is not only a researcher of prominent importance; he has served as mentor to several post-doctoral, PhD, Masters and Honors students. He has also provided guidance to summer research students.