The 2010 Wolf Prize is awarded to physicists Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger

The Wolf Prize is awarded to prominent researchers of the scientific community for their work. It is considered one of the most prestigious prizes in the scientific world.

The 2010 Wolf Prize is given jointly to Professor Alain Aspect, research director at CNRS (Laboratoire Charles Fabry de Institut d’Optique - Institut d’Optique-CNRS-Université Paris-Sud 11), John F. Clauser (USA) and Professor Anton Zeilinger (Austria) for their work in quantum physics.

This distinction gives recognition to Alain Aspect and his team for their discoveries in quantum physics, a science that investigates matter at the atomic and sub-atomic scales, and to which the laws of classical physics do not apply. These discoveries reveal the reasons that hold two quantum particles apart, contradicting Albert Einstein’s predictions.

This has resulted in greater research in quantum information and the development of technologies that are now used in cryptographic applications for banking, thanks to the work of Anton Zeilinger.

Alain Aspect’s Wolf award is another feather in the cap of French academic excellence in Physics. Previous winners include Albert Fert in 2007, and Pierre-Gilles de Gennes in 1990.

The 2010 Wolf Prize in Physics will be presented by Israeli President Shimon Peres during a ceremony at Knesset on 13 May 2010.

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Dernière modification : 09/02/2010

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