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Recent Nobel laureate linked to Tampere researcher in quantum physics

Published on 5.10.2022
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Robert Fickler, Associate Professor and an experimental quantum physicist. Photo: Jonne Renvall / Tampere University
Quantum physics was awarded the Nobel prize of 2022. A link to Tampere University has been discovered: Associate Professor Robert Fickler’s PhD work was supervised by Anton Zeilinger, one of the winners.

This year the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger “for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science”.

This topical recognition on the quantum world is warmly welcomed at Tampere University’s Physics Unit where quantum physics is studied in several groups and from different perspectives.

The connection between the latest Nobel Prize and the University's research in quantum physics is even closer and more tangible than one might imagine: Associate Professor Robert Fickler carried out his PhD work under the supervision of Anton Zeilinger in Vienna.

Fickler’s thesis got several awards, for example Springer Thesis Award in 2015. The joint work of Fickler and Zeilinger, Quantum Entanglement of High Angular Momenta (published in Science, 2012), was selected as one of the breakthroughs in 2012 by the Institute of Physics (IOP).