John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications
 
 
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Description of Prize

The John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and their Applications (short form: "Bell Prize") was established in 2009, and is awarded every odd-numbered year, for significant contributions first published in the preceding 6 years. The award is meant to recognize major advances relating to the foundations of quantum mechanics and to the applications of these principles – this covers, but is not limited to, quantum information theory, quantum computation, quantum foundations, quantum cryptography, and quantum control. The award is not intended as a "lifetime achievement" award, but rather to highlight the continuing rapid pace of research in these areas, and the fruitful interplay of fundamental research and potential applications. It is intended to cover even-handedly both of these aspects, and to include both theoretical and experimental contributions.

The award is funded and managed by the University of Toronto Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control (CQIQC), but the award selection is be handled by an arms-length selection committee which rotates on a 4-year cycle.

2017 Bell Prize

Hanson Nam Zeilinger

The fifth biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications is awarded to Ronald Hanson (TU Delft), Sae Woo Nam (NIST), and Anton Zeilinger (University of Vienna) for their groups’ experiments simultaneously closing the detection and locality loopholes in a violation of Bell’s Inequalities. This work removes all reasonable doubt about the nonlocal nature of quantum entanglement, and opens the door to exciting new information technologies.

Read more about Ronald Hanson, Sae Woo Nam, Anton Zeilinger & the 2017 Bell prize

Bell Prize Past Winners
Blatt
 

The fourth biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications is awarded to Rainer Blatt, Professor of Physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, for his pioneering research on quantum information processing with trapped ions, in particular, for the recent demonstrations of analog and digital quantum simulators and quantum logic gates on a topologically encoded qubit.

  Read more about Rainer Blatt & the 2015 Bell prize
Devoret
Schoelkopf
 

The third biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications is awarded to Michel Devoret and Robert Schoelkopf, Professors of Applied Physics at Yale University, USA, for fundamental and pioneering experimental advances in entangling superconducting qubits and microwave photons, and their application to quantum information processing.

  Read more about Michel Devoret and Robert Schoelkopf & 2013 Bell prize
 

The second biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for research on fundamental issues in quantum mechanics and their applications is awarded to Sandu Popescu, Professor of Physics at the University of Bristol, UK, for discoveries of stronger-than-quantum no-signaling correlations, and the application of quantum theory to thermodynamics.

 
  In 2009, the first biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for research on fundamental issues in quantum mechanics and their applications was awarded to Prof. Nicolas Gisin for his theoretical and experimental work on foundations and applications of quantum physics, in particular: quantum non-locality, quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation. With sources of single and entangled photons at telecommunication wavelength, he implemented these quantum effects on a commercial optical fiber network in the 10-100km range.
 
UT Press Release
The prize will be awarded on Thursday, August 31 at 1:25 pm at the Fields Institute on the U of T campus. Recipients will give short talks after the ceremony.

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Rules regarding the awarding of the biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for research on fundamental issues in quantum mechanics and their applications.
Request for nominations for the John Stewart Bell Prize 2017 for research on fundamental issue in quantum mechanics and their applications.
The awardee is selected by an arms-length committee of international experts which changes every two years.
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