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PHYS 362: Modern Physics + Physics Nobel Winners: 2000s

A Research Guide to assist students in their Nobel Laureate Project.

2000 — Condensed Matter Physics

Zhores I. Alferov

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

Banquet Speech

About Alferov:

Video Interview

Featured: A to Z of Physicists (p 1)

Featured: Great Minds - Reflections of 111 Top Scientists (p 3)

Book: Lenin's Laureate - Zhores Alferov's Life in Communist Science

Article: Energy relaxation by multiphonon processes in InAs/GaAs quantum dots

Herbert Kroemer

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

About Kroemer:

Video Interview

Chapter: "Semiconducting and Superconducting Physics and Devices in the InAs/AlSb Materials System" inside Nanotechnology

Book: Thermal Physics

Article: Heterostructure Bipolar Transistors and Integrated Circuits

Jack S. Kilby

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

About Kilby: 

Video Interview

Featured: A to Z of physicists (p 162)

Featured: "Integrated Circuit" inside UXL Encyclopedia of Science in Gale Virtual Reference Library (PDF)

Chapter: "What are some of Technology's Unanticipated Consequences?" inside Engineering tomorrow - today's technology experts envision the next century 

Book: The chip - How two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution 

Integrated Circuit

2001 — Atomic Physics

Eric A. Cornell

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

About Cornell:

Video Interview (with Cornell, Ketterle & Wieman)

Article: Observation of Bose-Einstein Condensation in a Dilute Atomic Vapor



Wolfgang Ketterle

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

About Ketterle:

Webpage @ MIT with lectures

Chapter: "Bose-Einstein Condensation: Identity Crisis for Indistinguishable Particle" inside Quantum Mechanics at the Crossroads: New Perspectives from History, Philosophy and Physics (ebook)

Article: Bose-Einstein condensation in a gas of sodium atoms


Carl E. Wieman

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

Banquet Speech

About Wieman: 

Chapter: "Cooling and Trapping of Atoms" inside Advances in Spectroscopy for Lasers and Sensing 

Article: Vortices in a Bose-Einstein condensate

Neutrino Detector


2003 — Superconductivity

2004 — Particle Physics

David J. Gross

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

Banquet Speech (video

About Gross: 


Featured in: Great Minds - Reflections of 111 Great Scientists (p 45)

Chapter: "QCD Now & Then" in From PS to the LHC: 50 Years of Nobel Memories

Article: Asymptotically free gauge theories (w/ Wilczek)

H. David Politzer

Nobel Lecture / Biography

About Politzer:

Profile: "Our Man on the Manhattan Project" in the CalTech News

Book: The Infinity Puzzle : Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe (p 257)

Article: Reliable perturbative results for strong interactions?

Frank Wilczek

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

Wilczek on Twitter

About Wilczek: 


Chapter: "QCD An Unfinished Symphony" in From PS to the LHC - 50 Years of Nobel Memories 

Chapter: "Simplicity" inside This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful + Elegant Theories of How the World Works

Chapter: "Blown Opportunities" inside What Should We be Worried About? : Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night

Chapter: "The Nobel Prize and After" inside The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries + Future of the Cosmos

Book: Fantastic Realities: 49 Mind Journeys + a Trip to Stockholm

Book: Longing for the Harmonies 

Book: The Lightness of Being 

Article: Asymptotically free gauge theories (w/ Gross)

Light as a Wave

Cosmic Background Radiation

2007 — Magnetoresistance

Albert Fert

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

Banquet Speech (video)

About Fert: 


Chapter: "The 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics: A Fert + P Grünberg" in The Spin 

Book: Magnetism - A Very Short Introduction (p 91)

Article: Giant Magnetoresistance of (001)Fel(001)Cr Magnetic Snperlattices

Peter Grünberg

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

About Grünberg: 


Chapter: "The 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics: A Fert + P Grünberg" in The Spin

Book: Magnetism - A Very Short Introduction (p 91) 

Article: Enhanced magnetoresistance in layered magnetic structures with antiferromagnetic interlayer exchange

Symmetry Violation

2008 — Particle Physics

Yoichiro Nambu

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

About Nambu: 

Audio Interview

Book: Quarks - Frontiers in Elementary Particle Physics

Article: Relativistic dispersion relation approach to photomeson production 

Makoto Kobayashi

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

Banquet Speech (video)

About Kobayashi:


Article: CP-violation in the renormalizable theory of weak interaction (w/Masakawa)

Chapter: "Origins of the Third Generation of Matter" inside The Evidence for the Top Quark (p 8)

Toshihide Maskawa

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

About Masakawa:

Text Interview

Article: CP-violation in the renormalizable theory of weak interaction

Optical Fibers

2009 — Fiber Technology

Charles K. Kao

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

About Kao: 


Book: A Time and a Tide: A Memoir

Book: Optical Fibre

Article: "High density metal-insulator-metal capacitor based on ZrO 2/Al 2 O 3/ZrO 2 laminate dielectric"

Willard S. Boyle

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

About Boyle:


Article: Charge coupled semiconductor devices

George E. Smith

Nobel Lecture (video) / Biography

Banquet Speech (video)

About Smith: 


Article: "Conductively Connected Charge-Coupled Devices" @ IEEE Xplore

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