The Chinese Micius Quantum Foundation has awarded the first Micius Prizes, which aim to promote outstanding application-oriented research in quantum physics. The awards went to Rainer Blatt, Anton Zeilinger and Peter Zoller, as well as to nine other physicists who have laid the foundations for new applications in quantum research.
Rainer Blatt received a Micius Prize for his pioneering experiments on quantum computers, and Peter Zoller, together with Juan Ignacio Cirac, for theoretical work on quantum computers. Anton Zeilinger and his former graduate student Jian-Wei Pan were recognized for their groundbreaking experiments on secure quantum communication over long distances.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801110.
ESQ has received funding from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF).