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Date:6/6/2014

a particle can be in two opposite states at once, for example.

New experimental method

In 2003, in collaboration with professor Penrose, Bouwmeester introduced a radical new method to experiment with the quantum mechanical properties of relatively large objects. Then in 2006 he demonstrated that a crucial technique for these experiments, namely the supercooling of an object with light, was possible. These supercooled experiments on mechanical systems have now been adopted by research groups worldwide and have ignited a race to test the quantum mechanics of relatively large objects.

Contributions to breakthroughs in physics

Bouwmeester's research has lead to breakthroughs in physics on several occasions. For example in 1997, when he was a researcher in Innsbruck under professor Zeilinger, he contributed to experimental research deemed worthy of a Nobel Prize: the first experimental evidence for quantum teleportation in which a particle assumes the properties of a different particle without having any contact with it. Bouwmeester has also done research into new forms of light: light that does not have the form of a wave but of a circle. These circles are connected and interwoven with each other and can form knots: he recently demonstrated that such knots of fields are also possible for plasma and for gravitational waves. Bouwmeester's current research includes artificial atoms in semiconductors, with possible applications in quantum informatics, and silver nanoclusters with optical properties inserted in DNA, which have possible medical applications.

Bouwmeester did his degree and PhD in Leiden and after periods at the universities of Oxford and Innsbruck he became a professor at the University of Santa Barbara in California. Bouwmeester returned to Leiden with a European Marie Curie Excellence Grant of two million euros, intended for setting up a transnational research group in Europe. Bouwmeester is currently profes
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