Hugo Zbinden awarded 2016 Heinrich-Greinacher Prize

Prof. Hugo Zbinden has been awarded the 2016 Heinrich-Greinacher prize from the Physical Institute of the University of Bern. The award was granted in recognition of his ground-breaking work in the fields of quantum optics and quantum cryptography.

The award reflects Prof. Hugo Zbinden’s fundamental scientific work in the field of quantum optics and the non-locality of entangled photons and recognises the great strides made in applying quantum physics to the development of real-world quantum cryptography applications,. Specifically, his contribution to the development of single photon detectors in the frequency range used for commercial optical fibre networks and the implications this has for the practical application of quantum communications.