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Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland; Light that Makes People’s Lives Easier

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Arthur Ashkin, who won the 2018 Physics Nobel Prize for inventing "optical tweezers", poses in his home in Rumson, New Jersey, U.S., October 2, 2018.

Strong and colorful lasers are often featured in various performances. Lasers are also used as toys, which are often blamed for disturbing flights. In fact, lasers have many more applications than that, such as moving tiny particles or cutting material.

The voice of Arthur Ashkin, 96, was flat when the committee of the Nobel Prize in Physics called and congratulated him on his achievement. He was not overjoyed, although he was surprised to receive a phone call from Sweden on Tuesday (2/10/2018) at 5 a.m. in New Jersey, the United States.