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Physics Nobel honors quantum computing pioneers from France and US

Peter Sayer | Oct. 10, 2012
An American and a Frenchman have won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on quantum optics, which could one day lead to faster computer processors, better telecommunications or more accurate timepieces.

As for Wineland's work, that could give rise to clocks 100 times more accurate than today's atomic clocks.

"They can measure gravitational shift with very high precision. The clock could be used to measure anomalies in the gravitational field for geology or earthquake detection," Haroche said.

Wineland and Haroche, both born in 1944, will share the prize of 8 million Swedish krona.

 

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