2023 Nobel Prizes for ultrafast science and nanoscale materials

The physics prize celebrates the generation of attosecond light pulses for the study of electron dynamics in matter whereas the chemistry prize goes to the inventors of nanocrystal quantum dots as used in QLED TVs.

The 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz and Anne L’Huillier. Their breakthrough results on attosecond pulse generation have paved the way to the study of ultrafast electron dynamics in matter on the intrinsic time scales laid out by quantum mechanics. The recipients of the chemistry prize – Alexey Ekimov, Moungi Bawendi and Louis Brus – invented new ways to create nanoscale semiconductor structures, which exploit the laws of quantum mechanics on the nanoscale to control, for example, the color of light generated in light-emitting diodes.

The RUN team and infrastructure is dedicated to directly videotaping and controlling the nanoworld on such ultimate scales of time and space. We congratulate all six laureates on this most prestigious of scientific awards and are particularly proud of our collaborations with Anne L’Huillier and Ferenc Krausz. Find out more about this year’s Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry


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