This October, Nokia Bell Labs and its Distinguished Academic Partner, Paris Saclay University, held an inaugural joint workshop with The Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES). The partnership of Nokia Bell Labs with IHES focuses on excellence in the field of mathematics.
This first workshop featured a presentation by celebrated French physicist, Alain Aspect. Aspect, who is currently conducting research at the Paris Saclay Institut d’Optique Graduate School, spoke about landmark findings in quantum optics from the 1950s onward, as well as the shift from photon-based experiments to the atom-based ones his team is conducting today.
“I’m still absolutely amazed by quantum physics,” said Aspect, who is perhaps best known for proving Einstein’s theories about quantum entanglement to be incorrect in 1974. At the workshop, Aspect stated that quantum physics remains a big mystery that needs to be solved.
Aspect’s presentation helped fuel an already energetic dialogue amongst workshop participants, namely IHES mathematicians, other academics within the Paris Saclay University system and researchers from Nokia Bell Labs France.
“Without the contributions of academics like Aspect, many of industry’s own scientific and technological breakthroughs may not have happened, been applied or been fully realized,” said Jean Pierre Hamaide, Nokia Bell Labs France and president of III-V lab. “If we truly wish to improve the human condition via science – and we do -- it’s important that we support the academic community.”
Part of the greater Paris Saclay University system, IHES is a French institute focused on advanced research in mathematics and theoretical physics. Since the Institute’s inception in 1958, seven of its ten permanent professors have received the Fields Medal, which is presented every four years by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) to the world’s most outstanding mathematicians under 40 years of age.