Biography:Kam-Biu Luk

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Kam-Biu Luk
Alma materUniversity of Hong Kong
Rutgers University
Known forParticle Physics
Neutrino Oscillation
Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment
AwardsSloan Fellowship (1990-94)
Panofsky Prize (2014)
Fellow of the American Physical Society
Breakthrough Prize (2016)
Scientific career
Particle Physics
InstitutionsUC Berkeley
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Kam-Biu Luk (Chinese: 陸錦標, born 1953) is a professor of physics, with a focus on particle physics, at UC Berkeley and a senior faculty member in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's physics division.[1] Luk has conducted research on neutrino oscillation and CP violation. Luk and his collaborator Yifang Wang were awarded the 2014 Panofsky Prize “for their leadership of the Daya Bay experiment, which produced the first definitive measurement of θ13 angle of the neutrino mixing matrix.”[1][2] His work on neutrino oscillation also received 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics shared with other teams.[3] Luk is a fellow of the American Physical Society.[1]

Education and career

Luk graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1976 with a B.Sc in physics.[4] Shortly there after, Luk joined Rutgers University's physics Ph.D. program, completing his Ph.D. in 1983.

Luk continued his work in physics by conducting his postdoctoral research at the University of Washington in Seattle until 1986. In 1986, Luk became an R.R. Wilson Fellow at Fermilab, where he worked as an associate scientist until 1989. In 1989, Luk received a joint appointment as a faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley. During his first two years working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Luk received the "Department of Energy outstanding junior investigator award", which is designed to "identify exceptionally talented new high energy physicists early in their careers, and to assist and facilitate the development of their research programs."[4][5] Luk was awarded a Sloan Fellowship between 1990–94, which is awarded to "those who show the most outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge."[4][6]

Luk became a Miller Professor at UC Berkeley in the fall of 2001.[4] He was also a visiting professor in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.[7] Luk is currently a Hung Hing Ying distinguished visiting professor in science of The University of Hong Kong, and a senior visiting fellow of the Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Research area

Luk conducts research in particle physics both as a professor at UC Berkeley and as a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Luk has published numerous papers on neutrino oscillation (see selected publications), including his Panofsky Prize winning research at the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant.[1][8] Luk is also known for his work on hyperon physics. His Ph.D. dissertation laid the foundation for determining the polarization of the Omega-minus hyperon. Along with a small group of young colleagues, he initiated Fermilab E756 to measure the magnetic dipole moment of the Omega-minus hyperon. In the nineties, Luk proposed the HyperCP (E871) project conducted at Fermilab, where he and a team of scientists conducted an experiment "designed to search for direct CP Violation in strange-baryon decays with the best precision in the world." [9][10]

Selected publications


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Berkeley’s Kam-Biu Luk Wins Panofsky Prize for Daya Bay Experiment". Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  2. "2014 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  3. "Breakthrough Prize". 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Kam-Biu Luk". Physics Department UC Berkeley. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  5. "OUTSTANDING JUNIOR INVESTIGATOR PROGRAM". US Department of Energy. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  6. "History of the Sloan Fellowship". Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  7. "visiting professor HKUST". 
  8. "Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment". UC Berkeley and LBNL. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  9. "Kam-Biu Luk Current Projects". Physics at Berkeley/KB Luk. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  10. "CP Violation in Hyperon Decays". Fermilab. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  11. Luk, Kam-Biu et al. (17 January 2003). "First Results from KamLAND: Evidence for Reactor Antineutrino Disappearance". Physical Review Letters 90 (2): 6. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.90.021802. PMID 12570536. Bibcode2003PhRvL..90b1802E. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  12. Luk, Kam-Biu et al. (7 March 2012). "Observation of Electron-Antineutrino Disappearance at Daya Bay". Physical Review Letters 108 (17): 7. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.171803. PMID 22680853. Bibcode2012PhRvL.108q1803A. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  13. Luk, Kam-Biu et al. (28 July 2005). "Experimental investigation of geologically produced antineutrinos with KamLAND". Nature 436 (7050): 499–503. doi:10.1038/nature03980. PMID 16049478. Bibcode2005Natur.436..499A. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  14. Luk, Kam-Biu et al. (1 December 1989). "Polarization in inclusive Λ and Λ̅ production at large pT". Physical Review D 40 (11): 3557–3567. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.40.3557. Bibcode1989PhRvD..40.3557L. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 

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