Pierre Agostini (born 23 July 1941)[1] is a French experimental physicist known for his pioneering work in attosecond science.[2] He is especially known for the invention of the reconstruction of attosecond beating by interference of two-photon transitions (RABBITT) technique for characterization of attosecond light pulses. He was jointly awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics.[3]
Education and career

Agostini was born in Tunis, Tunisia, in 1941 into a French family.[1] He obtained his baccalauréat at the Prytanée national militaire school in 1959 in La Flèche, France.[4]

Agostini studied physics at Aix-Marseille University, where he received his diploma in 1961, M.A.S. in 1962 and obtaining his PhD in 1968. After his doctorate, he became a researcher at CEA Saclay, Paris-Saclay University, in 1969 and stayed there until 2002.[5]

Agostini was a visiting scientist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in the U.S. state of New York between 2002 and 2004. He became professor of physics at Ohio State University in 2005.[6]
Honors and awards

Agostini received the Joop Los Award from the Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM),[5] the Gustave Ribaud prize in 1995 from the French Academy of Sciences,[7] the Gay-Lussac–Humboldt Prize in 2003,[8] William F. Meggers Award in Spectroscopy in 2007 from the Optical Society of America (OSA), and is a Humboldt Fellow. He was elected a Fellow of OSA in 2008 “for leadership in the development of innovative experiments providing major insights into the dynamics of the nonlinear response of atoms and molecules submitted to strong infrared laser pulses.”[5]

In 2023, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics for "for experimental methods that generate attosecond pulses of light for the study of electron dynamics in matter" along with Anne L'Huillier and Ferenc Krausz.[3]

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