Awardee: Prof. Alain Aspect

Professor at Institut d'Optique (Augustin Fresnel chair) and at Ecole Polytechnique, and CNRS distinguished researcher emeritus at Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l'Institut d'Optique.


Motivation:

For his fundamental experimental contribution testing the foundations of quantum mechanics with pairs of entangled photons, and for the following research on laser cooling of atoms, atom optics and ultra-cold atoms, which led to the first observations of Bose Einstein Condensation of metastable helium.



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