17-Nov-2009 - Carl Zeiss AG

Carl Zeiss Research Award: Professor Rainer Blatt and Professor Ignacio Cirac Honored for Revolutionary Work

The Carl Zeiss Research Award has been presented every two years since 1990. This year’s prize goes to renowned scientists Professor Rainer Blatt from the University of Innsbruck and Professor Ignacio Cirac from the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany.

Blatt and Cirac were honored for their experimental and theoretical work in the field of quantum information and for the concepts and ideas that they have developed in quantum optics. “With this work, they have taken a leading role in quantum information science, one of the most active research fields today,” commented Dr. Dieter Kurz, President and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG. Both scientists have not only laid the foundation for future quantum technology, but have also actively worked in this direction.

Blatt and his group were among the first to conduct experiments on processing quantum information with ion traps—ideas initiated from Ignacio Cirac and Peter Zoller.

Cirac contributed groundbreaking theories, including how quantum information science can be used in quantum optical systems. His work paved the way for the development of quantum information research.

The Carl Zeiss Research Award carries a cash prize of EUR 25,000.

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