Navigation Links
Peter Zoller and Ignacio Cirac, awarded by the BBVA Foundation
Date:1/29/2009

The Basic Sciences award in this inaugural edition of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards has been shared by physicists Peter Zoller (Austria, 1952) and Ignacio Cirac (Manresa, 1965), "for their fundamental work on quantum information science", in the words of the jury chaired by Theodor W. Hnsch, Nobel Prize in Physics. Zoller and Cirac's research is opening up vital new avenues for the development of quantum computers, immensely more powerful than those we know today.

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research at international level, and can be considered second only to the Nobel Prize in their monetary amount, an annual 3.2 million euros, and the breadth of the scientific and artistic areas covered.

The awards, organized in partnership with Spain's National Research Council (CSIC), take in eight categories carrying a cash prize of 400,000 euros each. The Basic Sciences award, the sixth to be decided, is to honor contributions which significantly advance the stock of knowledge in this area for reasons of their importance and originality.

"It is a thrill to see how our expectations are being confirmed"

Peter Zoller greeted the news as "a great honor and a huge recognition for our area of work. It has been amazing to observe how this field has grown in the past ten years and how our expectations are little by little being borne out". For this investigator, sharing the prize with his one-time collaborator, Ignacio Cirac, "is an added pleasure, since a lot of this work has been done together". The Spanish researcher declared himself "especially honored because the award distinguishes the advances being made in an especially dynamic field". Cirac also chose to emphasize "the importance of basic science, which is where tomorrow's applications are born".

Peter Zoller and Ignacio Cirac are regarded as the theoretical physicists of most influence in the areas of cold atoms, quantum optics and quantum information. For more than a decade, their work has broken new ground and opened up new experimental opportunities. At the core of their research is the use of the microscopic world to build quantum computers and communication systems.

Their first major theoretical contribution, dating from 1995, was the description of a theoretical model for a quantum computer. They based their conjectures on what are known as ion traps, in which electrically charged and cooled atoms are trapped by an electric field and manipulated with lasers. Today, this technique still holds out the best promise for quantum computation. In fact some small-scale prototypes of quantum computers have already been built based on the ion trap idea. In the last few years, work done at numerous laboratories has confirmed Zoller and Cirac's theoretical predictions.

Fundamental work in quantum information

According to the jury's citation, Zoller and Cirac earned this award "for their fundamental work on quantum information science. Both men have formulated new theoretical insights and inspired experiments from quantum simulation to engineering in systems ranging from atoms and ions to condensed matter".


'/>"/>

Contact: Javier Fernandez
comunicacion@fbbva.es
34-915-376-615
Fundacin BBVA
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology technology :

1. Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Adds Experienced Physician Dr. David St. Peter to Leadership Team
2. FDAs Chief of Staff, Susan Winckler and Peter Thonis, Chief Communications
3. Caliper Life Sciences Appoints Peter F. McAree Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
4. Haemonetics(R) Appoints Peter Allen as Chief Marketing Officer
5. Renowned Radiologist Peter J. Julien, MD Named Radlink Chief Medical Officer
6. Lorus Therapeutics Appoints Peter Korth as Chief Financial Officer
7. EPI-Q, Inc. Expands Capabilities with Addition of Anthony Vita, MD, MPH and Peter Herout, PharmD
8. Peter Cummings to receive the 2007 AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award
9. Origin BioMed Awarded Red Herring Top 100 Global Company
10. Modigene Awarded Second-Year Grant by Israeli Government to Support Development of Its Longer-Acting Human Growth Hormone
11. Eurotech Catalyst Module Awarded to Allen Organ Company From Arrow Electronics
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/4/2016)... ... February 04, 2016 , ... Franz Inc. ... Graph Database technology has been recognized As “ Best in Semantic Web Technology ... , “At Corporate America, it’s our priority to showcase prominent professionals who are ...
(Date:2/3/2016)... 2016   ViaCyte, Inc ., a leading, ... stem cell-derived islet replacement therapy for the treatment ... announced that ViaCyte and Janssen Biotech, Inc., one ... Johnson, have agreed to consolidate the assets of ... provides ViaCyte with an exclusive license to all ...
(Date:2/3/2016)... COPENHAGEN, Denmark , Feb. 3, 2016 ... stage biotechnology company that applies its innovative TransCon technology ... to present at an upcoming investor conference.Event:2016 Leerink Partners ... York, NY Date:  , Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Time:  ... --> www.ascendispharma.com . --> An audio ...
(Date:2/3/2016)... Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) , ... February 03, 2016 ... ... to hospitals, has established a new office dedicated to the North American healthcare ... provide turnkey solutions to healthcare facilities. The company will provide new pneumatic ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:2/1/2016)... -- Today, the first day of American Heart Month, the ... first of its kind workplace health solution that leverages ... first application of Watson to ... Welltok will create a new offering that combines AHA,s ... on Welltok,s health optimization platform. The effort is intended ...
(Date:1/25/2016)... , Jan. 25, 2016   Unisys Corporation (NYSE: ... John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, New York City ... (CBP) identify imposters attempting to enter the United States ... to them. pilot testing of the system at ... three terminals at JFK during January 2016. --> pilot ...
(Date:1/21/2016)... , January 21, 2016 ... to a new market research report "Emotion Detection and ... Others), Software Tools (Facial Expression, Voice Recognition and ... - Global forecast to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, ... expected to reach USD 22.65 Billion by 2020, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):