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Aspect, Clauser and Zeilnger win Nobel Prize in Physics for “pioneering quantum information science”

New Delhi: In recognition of their contributions to the field of quantum information science, which has important applications such as in the realm of encryption, three scientists shared this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences recognised Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser, and Anton Zeilinger for “pioneering quantum information […]

Edited By : Vikas Kumar | Updated: Oct 4, 2022 16:32 IST
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New Delhi: In recognition of their contributions to the field of quantum information science, which has important applications such as in the realm of encryption, three scientists shared this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences recognised Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser, and Anton Zeilinger for “pioneering quantum information science.”

The field of quantum information science is active and expanding quickly, according to Nobel committee member Eva Olsson. It could have wide-ranging effects on fields including quantum computing, secure information transfer, and sensing technology.

She claimed that quantum mechanics is where it all began. “Its forecasts have shattered the fundamental underpinnings of how we interpret measures and opened doorways to a new world.

While physicists frequently work on issues that at first glance seem to have nothing to do with everyday issues—such as the enormous mysteries of space and time and the behaviour of small particles—their research lays the groundwork for several practical applications of science.

The prize was given to three scientists last year — Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann, and Giorgio Parisi — for their contributions to the explanation and forecasting of complex natural phenomena, which have improved our understanding of climate change.

Beginning Monday, a series of Nobel Prize announcements saw Swedish scientist Svante Paabo get the prize in medicine for discovering Neanderthal DNA’s hidden information that was crucial to understanding our immune system.

They continue with chemistry on Wednesday and with literature on Thursday. The economics prize will be awarded on October 10, while the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday.

On December 10, the winners of the prizes will receive cash awards totaling 10 million Swedish kronor (almost $900,000). The funds originate from a gift made by Alfred Nobel, a Swedish inventor who founded the award and died in 1895.

 

First published on: Oct 04, 2022 04:32 PM IST

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