Alain Aspect, professor at Ecole polytechnique, is co-recipient of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2022 has been awarded to Frenchman Alain Aspect, American John F. Clauser and Austrian Anton Zeilinger, announced the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The trio is rewarded for their discoveries on quantum entanglement, a mechanism where two quantum particles are perfectly correlated, regardless of the distance that separates them, explained the Nobel jury. The discovery of this amazing property has opened the way to new technologies in quantum computing and ultra-secure communications, or ultra-sensitive quantum sensors that would allow extremely precise measurements, such as gravity in space.
Born in 1947, Alain Aspect is an alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) Cachan and the Université Paris-Saclay. He has held positions at the Institute of Optics, ENS Yaoundé (Cameroon), ENS Cachan, ENS/Collège de France, and CNRS. He is a professor (Augustin Fresnel Chair) at the Institut d'Optique Graduate School (Université Paris-Saclay), a professor at the École Polytechnique (Institut Polytechnique de Paris) and Director of Research Emeritus at the CNRS.