Crystal ball gazing with a Nobel laureate

Klaus von Klitzing

Nobel laureate Professor Klaus von Klitzing delighted more than 1,500 employees of Infosys by discussing physics at an atomic level with his trademark wit and wisdom. In a lecture, The Quantum Leap from Micro- to Nanoelectronics, at the Infosys Mysore campus on July 7, 2011, he spoke about his scientific experiments that were honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics. He had the audience in splits when he conceded that the banquet was the highlight of the Nobel Prize Award ceremony.

Prof. Klaus von Klitzing demystified his body of work by using analogies, illustrations and concepts such as the ‘Raman Effect' and 'Moore's Law.' He navigated the journey from micro- to nanoelectronics by deconstructing carbon-based materials, the building blocks of nanoelectronics applications. He focused on key technologies for preparing semiconductor nanostructures and new properties of devices in the context of the growing role of quantum phenomena.

Prof. Klaus von Klitzing is the director of the Max Planck Institute of Solid State Physics in Stuttgart, Germany. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics for demonstrating that electrical resistance occurs in precise units, with the discovery of the quantized Hall effect. His contribution helped scientists study the conduction properties of electronic components with extraordinary precision.

The lecture was organized by Infosys Labs and the Infosys Science Foundation. N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys Limited, introduced Prof. Klaus von Klitzing as a "stellar role model for the younger generation." He added that the outcomes of scientific research are the gateway to solutions for several problems of humanity.

Infosys Labs is at the heart of the innovation ecosystem of Infosys. This ecosystem includes global clients, technology partners and universities. The Infosys Science Foundation is a not-for-profit trust established by Infosys to encourage scientific research in India.

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