Ashkin, Mourou, Strickland win 2018 Nobel Physics Prize


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Ashkin, Mourou, Strickland win 2018 Nobel Physics Prize

Members of the Nobel Committee for Physics (L-R) Olga Botner, Goran K Hansson and Mats Larsson sit in front of a screen displaying portraits of Arthur Ashkin of the United States, Gerard Mourou of France and Donna Strickland of Canada during the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on October 2, 2018 in Stockholm.STOCKHOLM, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Scientists Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics for breakthroughs in the field of lasers, the award-giving body said on Tuesday.

"The inventions being honoured this year have revolutionised laser physics," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said on awarding the nine million Swedish crown ($1 million) prize.

"Advanced precision instruments are opening up unexplored areas of research and a multitude of industrial and medical applications," it said in a statement. ($1 = 9.0113 Swedish crowns)

(Reporting by Niklas Pollard and Simon Johnson; additional reporting by Esha Vaish, Daniel Dickson and Helena Soderpalm, Editing by William Maclean)

By: Reuters

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