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Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for inventions in laser physics

The award was given to three people: Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland
13:00, 2 October 2018

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics to Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland "for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics." This was announced on the website of The Nobel Prize.

One of the prize laureate Donna Strickland noted the need to celebrate female physicists, saying she was proud to be one.

"Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland – this year’s Nobel Prize recipients – paved the way towards the shortest and most intense laser pulses created by humankind. The technique they developed opened up new areas of research and led to broad industrial and medical applications," the Twitter message says.


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