The announcement of this year’s Nobel Prizes continues to this day with prizes in the field of physics.
Among the favorites are scientists working on research in the field of quantum information, the so-called metamaterials or slowing down and stopping light.
American scientists David Julius and Ardea Patbutian were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine on Monday for their discovery of temperature and tactile receptors.
According to the specialist server Insidescience.org, three scientists from France, the USA and Austria, who conduct research in the field of quantum information and communications, hope to receive the prize today. Among the favorites, according to the server, are scientists from Imperial College London and Duke University in the United States, who are working on research into new types of so-called metamaterials that have properties that do not occur in nature. The only woman among the candidates is Danish researcher Lin Howe, who is conducting research at Harvard University on slowing and turning off light.
According to AFP, the Italian scientist Giorgio Baresi, who deals with theoretical physics, also has a chance to win the prize. A trio of world-class scientists Carlos Frink, Julio Navarro and Simon White can succeed thanks to research into the formation and evolution of galaxies.
The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1901. In recent decades, the prize has often been awarded to groups of two or more scientists. So far, only four women are among the winners. Among them was the French physicist and chemist of Polish origin Marie Curie Sklodowska.
Last year, British physicist and mathematician Roger Penrose, German astrophysicist Reinhard Genzel and American astronomer Andrea Geis received awards for research that helped understand so-called black holes.
The announcement of the Nobel Prizes will continue through Monday. On Wednesday, the scientist will learn this year’s prize winner in chemistry, on Thursday for literature and Friday for peace. On Monday, the Economics Awards will be announced.
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