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Sandu Popescu Receives Bell Prize for Contributions in Quantum Mechanics

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Noted quantum physicist Sandu Popescu will receive the prestigious John Stewart Bell Prize from University of Toronto for outstanding contributions to quantum mechanics.

Sandu Popescu Receives Bell Prize for Contributions in Quantum Mechanics

Quantum mechanics explore how particles smaller than atoms can be in two places at the same time. Recently, such theories have helped scientists tap into properties that could set the stage for ultra-secure communications and powerful computers.

The award recognizes major advances relating to the foundations of quantum mechanics and to the applications of these principles across many quantum-related disciplines, including information theory, computation, foundations, cryptography and control.

Prof. Popescu, based at the UK’s University of Bristol, is world-renowned for his influential work on non-locality, entanglement, and quantum foundations of statistical mechanics. Prof. Popescu’s current research interest lie in investigating fundamental aspects of quantum physics to gain a better understanding of the nature of quantum behavior.

"A major focus of my research has been quantum non-locality, an area that for much of its history has been primarily of interest to philosophers of physics. My research aims to go beyond philosophy and to develop an understanding of the physics of non-locality," he said.

This led Prof. Popescu to establish some of the central concepts of the new area of quantum information and computation. He has have also worked on many other aspects of quantum theory, ranging from the very fundamental, to designing practical experiments (such as the first teleportation experiment) to patentable commercial applications.

“Honoring the enormous achievements of the scientists working in our field is the very reason we established the Bell Prize,” says Greg Scholes, director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Quantum Computing and Control.

The award is named for the late John Bell, whose insights have changed our view of reality,

The Bell Prize will be presented at 11 a.m. on August 8 at a public ceremony during the bi-annual conference hosted by U of T’s Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control. CQIQC is an interdisciplinary Center whose goal it is to promote research in the vibrant fields of quantum information and quantum control. CQIQC's activities