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by Hal Mooz 9. October 2012 09:43

Nobel physics prize highlights weird world of quantum optics

Frenchman, American share honors for work leading to new clocks, computers

A French-American duo shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for inventing methods to observe the bizarre properties of the quantum world — research that has led to the construction of extremely precise clocks and helped scientists take the first steps toward building superfast computers. Serge Haroche of France and American David Wineland opened the door to new experiments in quantum physics by showing how to observe individual quantum particles without destroying them.   

The physics prize was the second of the 2012 Nobel Prizes to be announced, with the medicine prize going Monday to stem cell pioneers John Gurdon of Britain and Japan's Shinya Yamanaka. Each award is worth 8 million kronor, or about $1.2 million. The prizes are always handed out on Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel's death in 1896..

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49339942/ns/technology_and_science-science

 

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