Tools made of light: Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 with one half to Arthur Ashkin (USA) and the other half jointly to Gérard Mourou (France) and Donna Strickland (Canada). Ashkin invented optical tweezers that grab particles, atoms, viruses and other living cells with their laser beam fingers. Mourou and Strickland paved the way towards the shortest and most intense laser pulses ever created by mankind.

Nobel Prize in Physics 2018
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