Nobel Prize for Physics goes to US, Canadian scientists

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Mourou was affiliated with the Ecole Polytechnique of France and the University of MI in the U.S., while Strickland, his student, is a professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Arnault also has been suspected of violating century-old Nobel rules by leaking the names of award winners - allegedly seven times, starting in 1996.

Donna Strickland, a scientist from the University of Waterloo in Canada, recently became the third woman in history to win a Nobel Prize in Physics, and the first to do so in more than five decades. The breakthough came with the work of prizewinners Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland, he said. They are so short that we can time them as never before.

"I've always gotten paid equal to my colleagues and I feel I've been treated equally", she said.

Jessica Wade, a physicist at Imperial College London who was at the CERN event and unhappy about Strumia's comments, said having a female Nobel victor was also important given the current fight over US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing sexual misconduct allegations. And today brought news of a new window into that ceiling-oddly enough, in a place where one might think there were plenty of open doors: academia.

When she received the call this morning telling her about the award, as many Laureates in the past have said, she was in disbelief.

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Strickland's words moved Kristi Webb, a physics graduate student, to tears.

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a trio of researchers for their work in developing powerful lasers.

With this he was able to use the radiation pressure of light to move physical objects, "an old dream of science fiction", the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.

She cited institutional issues that have made it more hard for women to advance their careers, mentioning maternity leave, which can take women out of the workplace for months or years at a time, as one example. Eva Lindroth, member of the Class for Physics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, told Xinhua in an interview after the announcement. It is used most frequently in laser eye surgery, but there are many other applications, including in ultra-fast cameras used for imaging molecular processes.

Mourou and Strickland's technique is known as chirped pulse amplification, CPA.

"There is also a growing, and concerning, area of society, who contemporary politicians and social media are allowing to propagate old-fashioned and sexist views", she said.

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Mourou had been her PhD supervisor.

"This year's prize is about tools made from light". "This gives a beacon for further conversations about women in science and technology".

The awarding of the prize to Strickland, a Canadian scientist at the University of Waterloo, has ended a drought for women winning any of the prestigious prizes.

It's people like Donna Strickland that have paved the way for our younger generation to just go in.

Together, their achievements mark groundbreaking achievements in the field of laser physics.

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