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Manipulators of the Quantum Realm Lauded

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Science  12 Oct 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6104, pp. 179
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6104.179

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Increasingly, physicists are exploiting the strange rules of quantum theory to create delicate quantum states of individual particles and to do novel things with them. This year's Nobel Prize in physics honors two experimenters who have helped blaze that trail. Serge Haroche of the Collège de France and the École Normale Supérieure pioneered the sculpting of a quantum state of light and the control of its interactions with a single atom. David Wineland of the National Institute of Standards and Technology developed techniques for controlling individual charged atoms, or ions, and showed how they could be used to perform computations.