Professor Alain Aspect,

Paris, France

Lecture Title: Hanbury Brown-Twiss, Hong-Ou-Mandel, and Other Landmarks in Quantum Optics: From Photons to Atoms

Born in 1947, Alain Aspect is an alumnus of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (now ENS Paris-Saclay)  and Université d’Orsay. He has held positions at Institut d’Optique, ENS Yaoundé (Cameroon), ENS Cachan, ENS Paris/Collège de France, CNRS. He is currently a professor at Institut d’Optique Graduate School (University of Paris-Saclay), and at Ecole Polytechnique, in Palaiseau.

He is a member of several science academies in France, USA, Austria, Belgium, UK, Italy.
Among many awards, he has received the CNRS Gold medal (2005), the Wolf Prize in Physics (2010), the Balzan prize on quantum information (2013), the Niels Bohr Gold medal (2013), the Albert Einstein medal (2013), the Ives medal of the Optical society of America (2013).

Alain Aspect research has borne on tests of Bell’s inequalities with entangled photon (PhD, 1974-1983), wave-particle duality for single photons (1984-86, with Philippe Grangier); laser cooling of atoms below the one photon recoil (1985-1992, with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji); ultra-cold atoms, quantum gases, quantum atom optics and quantum simulators (1992- , in the Atom Optics group he has established at Institut d’Optique).

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