Canadian physicist Donna Strickland says her first thought when she learned she was one of three scientists named as the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for physics was “it’s crazy.” Strickland is the first woman to be named a Nobel laureate since 2015, and only the third woman to have ever won the physics prize. She, Gerard Mourou of France, and American Arthur Ashkin have been recognized for their work in advancing laser physics.
Half the one million-dollar U.S. prize will go to Ashkin for his development of “optical tweezers” that can grab tiny particles, such as viruses, without damaging them .The other half will be shared by Strickland and Mourou for their work with short and intense laser pulses that have broad industrial and medical applications. (The Canadian Press)
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