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French-American duo wins Nobel Prize for physics

Latest update : 2012-10-09

France's Serge Haroche and David Wineland of the United States have won the Nobel Prize for physics for their "groundbreaking" work on quantum optics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Tuesday.

Frenchman Serge Haroche and American David Wineland have won the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics for inventing and developing methods for observing tiny quantum particles without destroying them.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the two scientists Tuesday “for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems”.

Haroche and Wineland, both 68, work in the field of quantum optics, which deals with the interaction between light and matter. Wineland is a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's physics laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, while Laroche is a professor at the Collège de France.

“Their ground-breaking methods have enabled this field of research to take the very first steps towards building a new type of super fast computer based on quantum physics,” the academy said. “The research has also led to the construction of extremely precise clocks that could become the future basis for a new standard of time.”

This year’s Nobel Prize announcements got under way Monday with the medicine prize going to stem cell pioneers John Gurdon of Britain and Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka. Each award is worth 8 million kronor, or about $1.2 million.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)
 

Date created : 2012-10-09

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