Alain Aspect#


Alain Aspect
Email:alain.aspect 'at' institutoptique.fr
Membership Number:2720
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:FRANCE
Section:PHYSICS & ENGINEERING SCIENCES
Username:aaspect
Homepage: http:///www.lcf.institutoptique.fr/Groupes-de-recherche/Optique-atomique/Membres/Permanents/Alain-Aspect



Present and Previous Positions
  • 1992-Present: CNRS distinguished scientist (directeur de recherche CNRS de classe exceptionnelle), at Laboratoire Charles Fabry, Institut d'Optique, Palaiseau: head of the Atom Optics group Augustin Fresnel Professor at Institut d‟Optique , Professor at Ecole Polytechnique
  • 1985-92 Collège de France scientist (sous-directeur de laboratoire), associated with the chair of atomic physics held by C. Cohen-Tannoudji
  • 1974-85 Lecturer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan
  • 1971-74 Teacher as voluntary service overseas in Yaoundé (Cameroon)
  • 1969-71 Assistant lecturer, Orsay University


Fields of Scholarship

  • Coherent optics (1969-1971)
  • Non classical properties of light as tests of the foundations of quantum mechanics (1974-1985)
  • Laser cooling of atoms (1985-1992)
  • Atom optics and ultra-cold atoms (1992-present)


Honours and Awards
  • 2013 Balzan Prize
  • 2012 Einstein medal of the Albert Einstein Society CV AA 6 / 6 17/03/2012
  • 2011 Médaille grand vermeil de la Ville de Paris
  • 2011 Honorary doctor of Technion (Haifa)
  • 2011 Herbert Walther award (OSA and DPG)
  • 2010 Wolf prize in Physics
  • 2010 Honorary doctor of the University of Glasgow
  • 2010 ERC Advanced grant
  • 2009 European Physical Society Quantum Electronics Prize
  • 2008 Honorary doctor of the Herriot-Watt University, Edimburgh
  • 2008 Honorary doctor of the Australian National University, Canberra
  • 2007 iXcore research foundation laureate
  • 2006 Honorary doctor of the Ecole Polytechnique and University of Montreal
  • 2005 CNRS Gold Metal, France http://www2.cnrs.fr/en/394.htm
  • 2000 Carnegie trust centenary professor, U. of Strathclyde, Scotland
  • 1999 Max Born Award of the Optical Society of America, USA
  • 1999 Humboldt-Gay Lussac Prize, Germany
  • 1991 Holweck Prize (Société Française de Physique and Institute of Physics), UK
  • 1987 International Commission for Optics Award
  • 1985 Commonwealth Award for Science and Invention, USA
  • 1983 Prix Servan de l‟Académie des Sciences, France
  • Distinguished Membership or Fellowship
    • 2009 Austrian Academy of Sciences, corresponding member abroad
    • 2008 National Academy of Sciences (USA) Foreign Associate
    • 2006 European Optical Society Fellow
    • 2005 American Physical Society Fellow
    • 2002 Optical Society of America Fellow
    • 2002 Académie des Sciences (France) member
    • 2000 Académie des Technologies (France) member
    • 1995 Académie des Sciences (France) corresponding member
  • Distinguished Lectureship
    • 2010 Elliott W. Montroll lecturer, U of Rochester
    • 2009 University of Toronto distinguished lecturer
    • 2009 Invited lecturer at the “Troisième cycle de la physique en Suisse romande”
    • 2009 Asher Peres memorial lecturer, Technion, Israel
    • 2006 Yale University distinguished lecturer in quantum information physics
    • 2006 Wenner-Gren distinguished lecturer, Sweden
    • 2006 Norman Hascoe distinguished lecturer, UConn, USA
    • 2002 Klosk lecturer, New York University, USA
    • 2000 Carnegie centennial professor, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
    • 1992 Loebb lecturer, Harvard University, USA


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