Frenchman wins 2012 Nobel Prize for quantum physics

A French-American duo shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for inventing methods to observe the properties of the quantum world, research that has led to the construction of extremely precise clocks and helped scientists take the first steps toward building superfast computers.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences declared:

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

Serge Haroche is a professor at the College de France and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. Wineland is a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, and the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.

Last modified on 09/10/2012

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