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Ferenc Krausz, external member of the MTA, director of the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, has a good chance of winning this year’s Nobel Prize in physics – says Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, which tries to predict the names of Nobel Prize winners every year.

According to Thomson Reuters’ 2015 analysis, four physicists from three fields are at the top of the list, including Ferenc Krausz, and Paul B. Corkum, both researchers of attosecond physics.

Thomson Routers tries to predict the names of the Nobel Prize winners every year; scientists are ranked according to the frequency their works have been cited, and according to the field they are currently researching. Based on TR’s predictions, researchers in attophysics have a great chance of winning this year. Such a researcher is Ferenc Krausz, external member of the MTA, director of the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, and experimental physics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.

Ferenc Krausz held a lecture at MTA’s latest general assembly and talked about the possibilities of “photographing” nature’s most dynamic movements. With attosecond physics it becomes easier to examine the behaviour of electrons, which could help the understanding of the structural changes of molecules.

These results may contribute to the birth of new medical imaging techniques, and the understanding of the structural changes of molecules can bring a new era of drug development.

The predictions of Thomson Reuters’ have been quite precise so far: out of the 52 scientific Nobel Prizes in the past 13 years they have predicted 21 of it.

based on an article of origo.hu
translated by Adrienn Sain

Source: origo.hu

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