The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

Arthur Ashkin official Nobel portrait

© Arthur Ashkin

Prize share: 1/2

Gérard Mourou

© Nobel Media AB. Photo: A. Mahmoud

Prize share: 1/4

Donna Strickland

© Nobel Media AB. Photo: A. Mahmoud

Prize share: 1/4

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 was awarded "for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics" with one half to Arthur Ashkin "for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems", the other half jointly to Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland "for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses."

To cite this section
MLA style: The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Media AB 2020. Sat. 11 Jul 2020. <https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2018/summary/>

Back to top Back To Top Takes users back to the top of the page

Explore prizes and laureates

Look for popular awards and laureates in different fields, and discover the history of the Nobel Prize.