Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Nobel Prize - this year's picks

Here are some picks from various sources including Physics World: Daniel Kleppner : Hydrogen Maser Perlmutter and Schmidt: Increasing expansion rate of the universe and hence dark energy postulate Guth and Linde: Inflationary scenario Berry and Aharanov: Aharanov-Bohm effect and also the related Berry phase Pendry and Smith: Negative refraction Penrose, Hawking: various developments in General Relativity and Cosmology Suzuki (Super-K) and Macdonald (SNO): neutrino oscillations Unfortunately the Guth-Linde inflationary picture is not yet completely confirmed experimentally, and Penrose and Hawking do not have any specific prediction tested by experiment which is what the Swedish Academy looks for in theory prizes. Do put in your nominations -- even though the Swedish Academy is probably not one of the regular readers of this blog :(

2 comments:

Gautam said...

For what its worth, my money is
also on:

1. S. Ijima (carbon nanotubes), but maybe the Chemistry prize
2. Blech, Schectman, Gracias,Kahn (some subset) (quasicrystals)
3. Geim/Nosovelov (graphene)
4. Vera Rubin (dark matter searches)

AMOK said...

What happens now? The ones who did not get the Prize in 2008 would be in this pool running for next year?