12 Facts About Alain Aspect


Alain Aspect is a French physicist noted for his experimental work on quantum entanglement.


Alain Aspect is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan.


Alain Aspect passed the agregation in physics in 1969 and received his PhD degree in 1971 from the Ecole superieure d'optique of Universite d'Orsay.


Alain Aspect then taught for three years in Cameroon as a replacement for then compulsory military service.


Alain Aspect defended his 'doctorat d'Etat' in 1983 at Universite Paris-Sud.


Alain Aspect received an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2008.


Alain Aspect's experiments, following the first experiment of Stuart Freedman and John Clauser in 1972, were considered to provide further support to the thesis that Bell's inequalities are violated in its CHSH version, in particular by closing a form of the locality loophole.

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Alain Aspect was deputy director of the French "grande ecole" Ecole superieure d'optique until 1994.


Alain Aspect is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and French Academy of Technologies, and a professor at the Ecole Polytechnique.


Alain Aspect was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 2015.


Alain Aspect co-invented the technique of velocity-selective coherent population trapping, was the first to compare the Hanbury Brown-Twiss correlations of fermions and bosons under the same conditions, and the first to demonstrate Anderson localization in an ultra-cold atom system.


In 2013 Alain Aspect was awarded both the Niels Bohr International Gold Medal and the UNESCO Niels Bohr Medal.