At the end of a year, it is time to take stock before moving ahead to the new beginning. 2022 has marked important milestones for quantum technologies, under both the industrial and scientific profiles. The probably most well-known and important achievement has been the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2022 to Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser, and Anton Zeilinger “for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science”.
Aspect, Clauser and Zeilinger have demonstrated the potential to investigate and control particles that are in entangled states. What happens to one particle in an entangled pair determines what happens to the other, even if they are really too far apart to affect each other. The results of their work have cleared the way for a new era of quantum technology.
During their brilliant careers, the three Nobel laureates have contributed to the development and consolidation of the global culture of quantum communications. As members of the international quantum community, we are particularly pleased to pay tribute to these outstanding scientists.
Besides these words, our homage is well enclosed in the handshake between the laureate Alain Aspect and Prof. Massimo Inguscio, QTI co-founder and advisor, and former President of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), during the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm Concert Hall, on 10 December.
In the frame of the preparation for the Nobel ceremony, the Nobel laureate Aspect and Prof. Inguscio, together with Dr Robin Kaiser, Institut de Physique de Nice (INPHYNI), are joking with Alice and Bob, miming the behaviour of a QKD system, with an eavesdropper in the communication channel, Eve.
This is what science and technological development are made of: brilliance, commitment, and restless enthusiasm.