Honeywell introduced Professor Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Nobel laureate in physics, to the students and faculty of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India, as part of its global Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering.
Cohen-Tannoudji was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics for the development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light to near Absolute Zero, which has given rise to a number of recent developments in this field. He spoke to the audience about the importance of remaining curious and explained how his discovery has impacted the world.
“One interesting development concerns ultra-precise atomic clocks using cold atoms, with errors less than one second in one billion years,” said Cohen-Tannoudji. “These atomic clocks allow one to perform more refined tests to improve international time distribution services, to control the wave frequency of television broadcasts, and to be more precise in global navigation satellite systems such as GPS.”