German Society Awards Physics Medal
Rainer Blatt has received the Stern-Gerlach Medal of the German Physical Society for his work in the fields of metrology and quantum information processing with electromagnetically stored ions. He is the first Austrian scientist to receive the award, which is the highest honor of the society in the field of experimental physics. Through experiments, Blatt showed that trapped ions offer a unique experimental platform to encode, process and measure quantum bits, a necessity for future quantum computers. Blatt is a physicist at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Innsbruck.
- The science of measurement, particularly of lengths and angles.
- The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
- quantum optics
- The area of optics in which quantum theory is used to describe light in discrete units or ‘quanta’ of energy known as photons. First observed by Albert Einstein’s photoelectric effect, this particle description of light is the foundation for describing the transfer of energy (i.e. absorption and emission) in light matter interaction.
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