‘Strange states’ of matter earns trio Nobel Prize in Physics
STOCKHOLM: The study of “strange states” of matter, which may one day yield superfast and small computers, earned British scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz the Nobel Prize in Physics yesterday.
The trio, all based in the US working in the highly-specialised mathematics field of “topology”, studied unusual phases or states of matter. This year’s laureates opened the door on an unknown world where matter can assume strange states.
“Thanks to their pioneering work, the hunt is now on for new and exotic phases of matter,” the Nobel Prize jury said.
The Physics prize is the second of the Nobels for 2016 to be awarded, after the Medicine prize on Monday went to Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan. He was honoured for his pioneering work on autophagy – a process whereby cells “eat themselves”, which can result in Parkinson’s and diabetes.
Today, the Chemistry prize will be announced, followed by the Peace prize on Friday, the Economics prize on Oct 10 and the Literature prize on Oct 13. – AFP
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