Nobel Prize Awarded to Quantum Physics Researchers
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The Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 is awarded to two researchers in the field of quantum physics.
This year's Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Serge Haroche from France and David J. Wineland from USA, for their research in quantum physics.
Their work is described by the Nobel Committee as "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems."
The researchers have broken new ground by being able to observe and measure quantum particles -- extremely small particles - without destroying them.
This field of research is called quantum optics, and focusses on the fundamental interaction between matter and light.
According to the Nobel Committee, the work of Haroche and Wineland has "enabled this field of research to take the very first steps towards building a new type of super fast computer based on quantum physics."
They add "Perhaps the quantum computer will change our everyday lives in this century in the same radical way as the classical computer did in the last century."
In the past, quantum physics remained highly theoretical, since it attempts to describe incredibly small particles where the normal laws of physics cease to exist.
However, this year's Nobel laureates have succeeded in observing and measuring a part of this microscopic world.
The two laureates will share the prize money of one million dollars.
NTD News, Stockholm
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