As scheduled, around 11:45 the Nobel committees announced the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics. The distinction was awarded to Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz and Anne L’Huillier for their achievements in attosecond physics.
An attosecond (as) is a unit of time. More precisely, it is an aliquot (fractional) unit of the time unit – seconds in the SI system, equal to one trillionth of a second. Attosecond physics is based on the speed of action that an attosecond carries. This is expected to result in a significant acceleration of work, which will result in faster development and, consequently, faster answers to our questions. The Nobel committee decided to reward this field of physics this year.
The 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Pierre Agostini from the USA, Ferenc Krausz from Germany and Anne L’Huillier from Sweden for experimental methods that generate attosecond pulses of light to study the dynamics of electrons in matter. The Nobel Commission informs that the research of distinguished physicists has given humanity new, innovative tools that allow it to begin exploring the world of electrons inside atoms and molecules. Scientists have demonstrated a new way of creating extremely short pulses of light that can be used to measure fast processes in which electrons change energy or move. This achievement is expected to enable the development of a number of new research methods.