Serge Haroche
  • 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics


French physicist who was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics jointly with David Wineland for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems".
Since 2001, Haroche is a Professor at the Collège de France and holds the Chair of Quantum Physics.

Education and Work Experience

1971, Ph.D. in Physics, Pierre and Marie Curie University
1975-2001, Professor of Physics, Pierre and Marie Curie University
1982-2001, Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure
2001-Present, Professor at Collège de France, Chair of Quantum Physics

Honors and Awards

2009, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences
2010, Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences
2012, Nobel Prize in Physics

Major Academic Achievements

Serge Haroche's main research fields are quantum optics and quantum informatics. He has made important contributions to quantum electrodynamics research in quantum optics and is well known in the field of experimental quantum mechanics. His main achievements in cavity electrodynamics include: enhancement of single- atomic spontaneous radiation in a cavity; imprisonment of individual atoms using optical microcavities; quantum non-destructive measurement of single photons; direct measurement of cavities Field quantization in the body; direct monitoring of mesoscopic quantum decoherence; realization of photon storage; completion of many steps in the quantum information process such as generation of atom-atomic, atom- photon entangled states; realization of photons and atoms as " Quantum Bit" quantum logic gate operation.