Professor Alain Aspect is currently an Augustin Fesnel Professor at the Institut d’Optique Graduate School and a Professor at Ecole Polytechnique. He is also a CNRS distinguished scientist at Laboratoire Charles Fabry, Institut d’Optique.
Professor Aspect was the first to exclude subluminal communication between the measurement stations in experimental demonstrations that quantum mechanics invalidates separable hidden-variable theories and the first to demonstrate experimentally the wave-particle duality of single photons. He co-invented the technique of velocity-selective coherent population trapping, was the first to compare the Hanbury Brown-Twiss correlations of fermions and bosons under the same conditions, and the first to demonstrate Anderson localization in an ultra-cold atom system.
Professor Aspect has received multiple awards over the years for his work, including the 2013 UNESCO-Niels Bohr Gold medal, the 2013 Balzan Prize in Quantum Information, the 2012 Einstein medal of the Albert Einstein Society and the 2011 Herbert Walther award (OSA and DPG).
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