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Press Release: The 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics

4 October 2005

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2005 with one half to

Roy J. Glauber
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

"for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence"

and one half jointly to

John L. Hall
JILA, University of Colorado and National Institute of Standard and Technology, Boulder, CO, USA and

Theodor W. Hansch
Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik, Garching and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich, Germany

"for their contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique".
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Well done to those guys. I guess they must be worthy of such an award simply for the fact it sounds clever and I haven't got a clue what it actually means [smile]


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