Three Scientists Share Nobel Prize in Physics for Quantum Mechanics Work
- October, 04, 2022 - 14:52
- Science news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The 2022 Nobel prize in physics was won by three researchers for their work on quantum mechanics.
Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger have won the 10m Swedish kronor (£802,000) prize announced on Tuesday by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, making them the 116th winners of the prize since it was first awarded in 1901. All three will receive an equal share of the prize.
According to the official citation for the award, the prize was given “for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science”.
The three physicists’ work has focused on exploring how two particles interact, behaving like a single unit, even when they are far apart. The phenomenon was dubbed “spooky action at a distance” by Albert Einstein.
The Nobel prize in chemistry will be announced on Wednesday.
A week of Nobel Prize announcements kicked off Monday with Swedish scientist Svante Paabo receiving the award in medicine Monday for unlocking secrets of Neanderthal DNA that 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 Oct. 10.
The prizes carry a cash award of 10 million Swedish kronor (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 1895.