11 June 2010

Professor Eugene Polzik receives award

Professor Eugene Polzik has been named the 2010 Moore Distinguished Scholar in physics in recognition for his work in Quantum Information, Quantum Optics, and Quantum Metrology.

The Moore Distinguished Scholar award was established by the Moore Foundation in 2000. The founder of Intel, Gordon Moore is also widely known for 'Moore's Law', which he formulated in 1965. The law stated that the number of transistors the industry would be able to place on a chip would double every one to two years, the trend which turns out to be correct up to now.

The award is administered by California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and is given once a year to a scientist within the field of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy.  Among the previous recipients of this award are Steven Hawking and Ed Witten, to name just two.

Eugene Polzik is recognized for his work in Quantum Information, Quantum Optics, and Quantum Metrology, the fields which are at the center of research interests at a number of top universities worldwide, including Caltech.

The Moore's Law serves as a strong stimulus for development of Quantum Information science. One of the consequences of this law is that the size of a transistor on a computer chip is getting smaller and smaller in every new generation of computers. It is expected therefore that this size will eventually get down to the atomic scale. At this point information processing is governed by Quantum Information laws which are markedly different from the laws which define the operation of 'classical' computers.

As a Moore Distinguished Scholar Prof. Polzik is invited to visit Caltech and give lectures.