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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.

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


Light as a Wave

Cosmic Background Radiation

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

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