The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2023 has been presented to Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz, and Anne L’Huillier. These laureates have been recognized for their pioneering work in developing experimental techniques that produce attosecond pulses of light, allowing the investigation of electron behavior within matter.
These extremely brief light pulses have enabled scientists to capture images of processes happening inside atoms and molecules. The pulses are so short that they are measured in attoseconds, and their research demonstrates that these pulses can provide insights into processes occurring at the atomic and molecular scales.
In addition to the prestigious recognition, the Nobel laureates will receive a Nobel Prize diploma and a gold medal. Notably, Anne L’Huillier is only the fifth woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics, making this award particularly significant for her.
Their contributions to attosecond pulse technology have opened new horizons for comprehending fundamental processes at the atomic and molecular levels, making significant advancements in the field of experimental physics.