05 March 2004 Prof. Claude Cohen-Tannoudji

Dr. Romain Quidant shows the nanophotonics set up

Dr. Pablo Loza in the nonlinear microscopy lab

Prof. Cohen-Tannoudji has visited the ICFO on March 5th, 2004
French physicist, born in Algeria in 1933, was awarded with the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics jointly to Professor Steven Chu and Dr. William D. Phillips for the development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light. At these temperatures, atoms slowed down, making easy the study of its properties. The new methods of investigation that the Nobel Laureates developed have contributed greatly to a deeper understanding of the quantum-physical behaviour of gases at low temperatures.

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji obtained his Doctoral degree in physics 1962 at the École Normale Supérieure, in Paris and he is a Professor at the Collège de France since 1973. Cohen-Tannoudji is member of, among other institutions, the Acadèmie des Sciences (Paris).

Among many prizes and distinctions, Cohen-Tannoudji received the 1996 Quantum Electronics Prize (European Physical Society) for, among other things, his pioneering experiments on laser cooling and the trapping of atoms.