October 4, 2005

Frickin' Laser Beams

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at October 4, 2005 3:43 PM

The physics Nobel was announced today:

Nobel given for laser measurement

Three scientists have been awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize for Physics for laser measurement and quantum optics.

Half of the prize went to John Hall of Colorado University and Theodor Hänsch of Germany's Max Planck Institute.

The laser-based spectroscopy they have pioneered allows the colour of light from atoms and molecules to be determined with exceptional precision.

The other half went to Roy Glauber of Harvard University for applying modern quantum physics to optics.

This is Chad Orzel's field, so I'll wait for him to post his explanation of their findings, and then link to it.

Tags: Physics, Science