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2008-09-05 09:05:00

Developing a precise ruler for the future Astronomical instruments needed to answer crucial questions, such as the search for Earth-like planets or the way the Universe expands, have come a step closer with the first demonstration at the telescope of a new calibration system for precise spectrographs. The method uses a Nobel Prize-winning technology called a 'laser frequency comb', and is published in this week's issue of Science. "It looks as if we are on the way to fulfill one of...

2005-10-04 05:30:17

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Americans Roy Glauber and John Hall and Germany's Theodor Haensch won the 2005 Nobel Physics prize for their work in the field of optics, said the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Tuesday. The trio won the prize "for their contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique," the Academy said, announcing the winners of the 10 million crown ($1.29 million) prize.


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