Nobel Prize-winning Research in Physical Review Letters

The Physical Review journals are home to the most Nobel-winning physics papers in the world. Over 65% of the Nobel-Prize-winning research published in the last four decades are included in Physical Review journals, as are Nobel Prize winners from the previous twelve years.


Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger

For experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science


Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann, Giorgio Parisi

Manabe and Hasselmann: For the physical modelling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming

Parisi: For the discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales


Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, Andrea Ghez

Penrose: For the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity

Genzel and Ghez: For the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy


James Peebles, Michel Mayor, Didier Queloz

Peebles: For theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology

Mayor and Queloz: For the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star


Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou, Donna Strickland

Ashkin: For groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics", in particular "for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems

Mourou and Strickland: For groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics", in particular "for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses


Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, Barry Barish

For decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves


David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane, John M. Kosterlitz

For theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter


Takaaki Kajita, Arthur B. McDonald

For the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass


Chemistry prize: Eric Bertzig, Stefan W. Hell, and William E. Moerner

For the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy


Francois Englert, Peter Higgs

For the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider


Serge Haroche, David J. Wineland

For ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems


Chemistry prize: Dan Shechtman

For the discovery of quasicrystals

For more information about winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics, please consult the winners' list.