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French physicist among Nobel prizewinners

Image: Ecole polytechnique Université Paris-Saclay [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Gérard Mourou, a French physicist at the École Polytechnique in Paris, has won a share of the 2018 Nobel prize in physics for his work on lasers.

Mourou, who is also at the University of Michigan in the United States, shared one half of the prize with Donna Strickland of the University of Waterloo in Canada. The two were honoured “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses”, the Nobel committee said on 2 October.

The other half of the prize went to Arthur Ashkin, who is based at Bell Laboratories in the US. He was recognised for developing “optical tweezers and their application to biological systems”.

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