Nobel Physics Prize Awarded to Trio for Laser Work

Nobel Physics Prize Awarded to Trio for Laser Work

Strickland's award was the first Nobel Prize in physics to go to a woman since 1963, when it was won by Maria Goeppert-Mayer; the only other woman to win for physics was Marie Curie in 1903.

Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland, 2018 Nobel Laureates in Physics.

CPA's invention kicked off a period of enormous increases in laser power since 1985-setting up the advent of the petawatt-peak-power lasers that are now being ramped up in the European Extreme Light Infrastructure and other projects.

Arthur Ashkin was awarded the prestigious prize for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems.

Meanwhile Mourou, 74, and Strickland, 59, won for helping develop a method to generate ultra-short optical pulses, "the shortest and most intense laser pulses ever created by mankind", the jury said. "I feel that women should start to get to be recognized more because for some reason not all men want to recognize us or not all people, but I think that's a minority". 'The number of nominations reflects the number of women in science two or three decades ago, ' added Olga Botner, chair of the physics Nobel committee.

Mourou had been her PhD supervisor.

Nobel laureate Donna Strickland says her first thought on hearing she'd won the physics prize was "it's insane". "And I'm so happy Art Ashkin also won". "I thought there might have been more", Strickland responded, sounding surprised.

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Ashkin is American, Mourou is French and Strickland is Canadian. Afterwards, it is compressed back to its original duration, creating a dramatically amplified pulse.

The pair's technique, called chirped pulse amplification, has already been adapted to the medical sphere, leading to new advances in corrective eye surgery.

In 1986, Ashkin was the first researcher to realise that tiny objects - from bacteria to individual atoms - could be trapped simply using high-powered light. Since the first laser was invented in 1960, scientists speculated that the energy of these focused beams could be put to work to move and manipulate objects - a real life version of Star Trek's "tractor beams".

Speaking by phone to the academy, a moved Strickland said she was thrilled to receive the Nobel prize that has been the least accessible for women. He is six years older than Leonid Hurwicz was when he was awarded the 2007 economics prize.

2013 - Francois Englert and Peter Higgs shared the spoils for formulating the theory of the Higgs boson particle.

"Ultra-sharp laser beams make it possible to cut or drill holes in various materials extremely precisely - even in living matter", the Nobel Prize twitter account noted.

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