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École Polytechnique professor Alain Aspect awarded 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics

4 October 2022 | Congratulations to Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger for being awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics! The three scientists receive the prize “for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science.” Alain Aspect is a professor at EuroTech partner university École Polytechnique.

“Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger have each conducted groundbreaking experiments using 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,” The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences states in its press release.

The distinction comes four years after another École Polytechnique professor won the Nobel Prize in Physics: In 2022, Gérard Mourou was awarded together with Donna Strickland “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses.”

Anton Zeilinger is an alumnus of Technical University of Munich, like École Polytechnique part of the EuroTech Universities Alliance. In the 1980s, he researched and taught as a professor of experimental physics at TUM before returning to his Austrian homeland and the University of Vienna. In June 2022, Anton Zeilinger furthermore received an honorary doctorate degree of the Technion, a EuroTech member university, too.

2022 Nobel Prize Physics awarded to Alain Aspect
Illustration: Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Prize Outreach