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 revolutionary 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. The outstanding results transformed Innsbruck, Austria, into
one of the global centers for quantum information processing.
Cirac contributed groundbreaking theories, including how quantum information
science can be used in quantum optical systems. His remarkable work paved the
way for the development of quantum information research.
During his speech, Professor Gerd Leuchs, founding Director of the Max Planck
Institute for the Physics of Light in Erlangen, emphasized how much attention
the work of the award winners has drawn to this field.
Every two years, Carl Zeiss honors extraordinary performances in international
optical research with the Carl Zeiss Research Award. It is one of the most renowned
honors in the world in the field of optics. It carries a cash prize of EUR 25,000.
Presented for the first time in 1990, the Carl Zeiss Research Award honors
scientific excellence and lays the foundation for successful developments in
the future. The significance of this award is emphasized by past winners Eric
A. Cornell and Ahmed Zewail who went on to win the Nobel Prize after receiving
the Carl Zeiss Research Award.
Professor Thomas Naumann from the DESY particle accelerator in Hamburg and
guest researcher at CERN in Geneva provided the numerous guests from industry,
science and politics with an insight into the creation of the cosmos using information
gained from the LHC in CERN, the world's largest particle accelerator which
has just resumed operations.