Makoto Fujiwara was recently awarded the 2011 John Dawson Award by the American Physical Society for his role in “the introduction and use of innovative plasma techniques, which produced the first demonstration of the trapping of antihydrogen" in November 2010.
Since then, Makoto and his ALPHA colleagues and students have made a number of important breakthroughs. In 2011, Makoto revealed in a paper published by Nature Physics that the ALPHA team had trapped antimatter atoms for 16 minutes. In March 2012, another paper was published, this time reporting that ALPHA, with leadership from Canadian researchers, had “measured for the first time an intrinsic property of antimatter atoms.”
After three breakthroughs in a row, Makoto has no plans to slow down, saying, “The immediate future goal now is to achieve [the] first laser experiment on antihydrogen. For this, we are constructing an entirely new trap [called] ALPHA-2. TRIUMF's Cam Marshall is Lead Engineer of this project. For the longer term, I am interested in measuring gravitational interaction of antimatter. This is a very challenging experiment, but I'm excited about the possibility of being able to study if antimatter falls in the same way as matter does.”