Nobel: 3 physicists share the prize for quantum science work


The three scientists jointly won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for work in quantum information science that has important applications, for example in the field of encryption.

Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger were cited by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for “pioneering quantum information science.”

Eva Olsson, a member of the Nobel committee, said: “Quantum information science is a vibrant and rapidly evolving field. “It has broad and potential implications in areas such as secure information transmission, quantum computing and sensor technology.”

“Its origin can be traced back to quantum mechanics,” she said. “Its predictions opened the door to another world, and it also shook the very foundations of how we interpret measurements.”

While physicists often deal with problems that at first glance seem far removed from everyday concerns – tiny particles and the vast mysteries of space and time – their research provides a foundation for the future. foundation for many practical applications of science.

Last year, the prize was awarded to three scientists – Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi – whose work helps to explain and predict the complex forces of nature, thereby expanding their understanding. about climate change.

A week of Nobel Prize announcements begins Monday with Swedish scientist Svante Paabo accepting the prize in medicine on Monday for unlocking the secrets of Neanderthal DNA, providing important insights into the immune system. our.

They continue with chemistry on Wednesdays and literature on Thursdays. The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday and the economic prize on October 10.

The prize carries a cash prize of 10 million Swedish kronor (nearly US$900,000) and will be awarded on December 10. The money comes from a will of the award’s creator, the Swiss inventor. Alfred Nobel, who died in 1895.


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