Wolfgang Ketterle


Interview, March 2009

Interview with the 2001 Nobel Laureate in Physics Wolfgang Ketterle, 20 March 2009. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.

Wolfgang Ketterle describes his scientific beginnings as a student, his graduate research in molecular spectroscopy, his transition from fundamental to applied research and, finally, a third post doc position at MIT (8:53), working with his advisor and mentor Dave Pritchard (30:41), the research that led to the discovery of Bose-Einstein condensation (46:14), how he defines an ideal student (58:38) and the future directions of his current research (1:01:59).

Interview, December 2001

Interview with the 2001 Nobel Laureates in Physics, Eric A. Cornell, Carl E. Wieman and Wolfgang Ketterle, 12 December 2001. The interviewer is Joanna Rose, science writer.

The Laureates talk about their memories of the day of the discovery, the importance of competition (5:58), the significance of producing the condensate (11:51), big issues in physics (15:06), receiving the Nobel Prize at an early age (21:55), and their future work (25:41).

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