France’s Serge Haroche and American David Wineland will share this year’s Nobel Prize for physics for work in quantum physics.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the Nobel laureates “opened the door to a new era of
experimentation with quantum physics by demonstrating the direct observation of individual quantum particles without destroying them.”
Researchers previously considered their achievements to be impossible but it’s now thought
their work could lead to the building of a new kind of super fast computer based on quantum physics, that would change our everyday lives.
Physics is the second of this year’s crop of awards. The prizes, which reward achievements in science, literature and peace, were first awarded in 1901 in accordance with the will of Swedish dynamite millionaire Alfred Nobel.