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Work on entangled photons, quantum information nets Nobel for trio

Efforts in "pioneering quantum information science" netted the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for Frenchman Alain Aspect, American John F Clauser and Austrian Anton Zeilinger.

Stockholm, 4 October 2022 (dpa/MIA) — Efforts in “pioneering quantum information science” netted the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for Frenchman Alain Aspect, American John F Clauser and Austrian Anton Zeilinger.

According to the Nobel Academy, their work focused on “entangled quantum states, where two particles behave like a single unit even when they are separated. Their results have cleared the way for new technology based upon quantum information.”

Quantum science promises to open up whole areas of new applications for computers, in everything from enhanced encryption to the ability to crunch massive amounts of numbers faster than any modern computer.

The work of the three scientists — who worked separately — advanced theories that had been pondered by scientists like Albert Einstein for decades.

Aspect is a professor at the Université Paris-Saclay and École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France. Clauser is a research physicist at JF Clauser and Associates. Zeilinger is a professor at the University of Vienna.

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