'Groundbreaking' Quantum Science Work Earns a Nobel

Scientists Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser, Anton Zeilinger split 2022's physics prize
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 4, 2022 5:43 AM CDT
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A Nobel diploma and medal are displayed on Tuesday during a ceremony in New York.   (Angela Weiss/Pool Photo via AP, File)

This year's Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to Alain Aspect of France, John F. Clauser of the US, and Anton Zeilinger of Austria for their work on quantum information science. Hans Ellegren, secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, announced the winners Tuesday at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, reports the AP. Per a release, the three scientists are being celebrated for their "groundbreaking" work involving entangled quantum states, in which two particles still act as one unit even when separated. "It has become increasingly clear that a new kind of quantum technology is emerging," says Anders Irback, chair of the Nobel Committee for Physics. "We can see that the laureates' work with entangled states is of great importance, even beyond the fundamental questions about the interpretation of quantum mechanics."

Last year the prize was awarded to three scientists—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 Monday with Swedish scientist Svante Paabo receiving the award in medicine for unlocking secrets of Neanderthal DNA that have provided key insights into our immune system. They continue with chemistry on Wednesday and literature on Thursday. The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday, and the economics award on Monday. The prizes carry a cash award of nearly $900,000 and will be handed out on Dec. 10. The money comes from a bequest left by the prize's creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1896.

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