Ecole Polytechnique: Alain Aspect named Optica Honorary Member

Alain Aspect, CNRS Senior Scientist Emeritus and Professor at Ecole Polytechnique has been named an Optica Honorary Member. Optica is the leading professional association in optics and photonics.

Optica has named Alain Aspect Honorary Member. He is CNRS Senior Scientist Emeritus and Professor at Institut d’Optique Graduate School and Ecole Polytechnique. This rather rare honor recognizes the major contributions of this physicist, including his experiments on quantum entanglement.

According to Optica’s press release: “Aspect conducted experiments that reveal the often anti-intuitive world of quantum mechanics. From his PhD thesis in 1983, he showed that certain states of light – so-called entangled photons – yield measurements that cannot be explained by a local classical theory. In 1986, using single photons, he demonstrated the basic truth of the quamtum framework of physics: that the building blocks of reality behave simultaneously as waves and discrete particles. The following year, he began a collaboration with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji on the laser-cooling of atoms in the regime of single-photon recoil. Aspect and his group have since made major contributions to the foundations of Bose-Einstein condensation and atom optics, where atoms reveal their wave nature and can be focused, diffract, and interfere.

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