Serge Haroche, the new French Nobel Laureate in Physics
After his compatriot Albert Fert in 2007, it is the
turn of Serge Haroche to be awarded this year’s Nobel
Prize in Physics. The Nobel Academy has awarded the
prize for his work in quantum physics.
Already a winner of the Gold Medal from the
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in
2009, Serge Haroche has now landed the supreme accolade
of every scientist’s dreams, jointly with American physicist
David Wineland. Their work relates to quantum physics
and more specifically to the interactions between light and
matter. This 20th-century science is concerned with the
physics of particles smaller than the atom, which are very
difficult to isolate.