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Three Physicists Share Nobel Prize for Work on Quantum Science
Three Physicists Share Nobel Prize for Work on Quantum Science

Three Physicists Share Nobel Prize for Work on Quantum Science

Stockholm, 4 Oct (ONA) --- Three scientists jointly won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics for their work on quantum information science that has significant 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 discovering the way that particles known as photons can be linked, or “entangled,” with each other even when they are separated by large distances.

Speaking by phone to a news conference after the announcement, Zeilinger said he was “still kind of shocked” at hearing he had received the award.

“But it’s a very positive shock,” said Zeilinger, 77, who is based at the University of Vienna.

Clauser, Aspect and Zeilinger have figured in Nobel speculation for more than a decade.

While physicists often tackle problems that appear at first glance to be far removed from everyday concerns, tiny particles and the vast mysteries of space and time, their research provides the foundations for many practical applications of science.

Last year, the prize was awarded to three scientists namely Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi whose work has helped to explain and predict complex forces of nature, thereby expanding our understanding of climate change.

A week of Nobel Prize announcements kicked off yesterday with Swedish scientist Svante Paabo receiving the award in medicine for unlocking secrets of Neanderthal DNA that provided key insights into our immune system.

They continue with chemistry tomorrow (Wednesday) and literature after tomorrow (Thursday). The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced this Friday and the economics award on 10 October 2022.

The prizes carry a cash award of 10 million Swedish kronor (nearly $900,000) and will be handed out on 10 December 2022. The money comes from a bequest left by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1895.

--- Ends/Khalid