“The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Syukuro Manabe and Klauss Hasselmann for reliably quantifying and predicting global warming and to Giorgio Parisi for discovering the interplay between disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from the atomic to planetary scale.
Light plays a central role in the current understanding of climate change. Our planet’s energy balance is thought to be driven primarily by two opposing mechanisms, the absorption of energy in the form of visible light from the Sun, and the release of energy as low-frequency infrared radiation.
In this tug-of-war – involving albedo, scattering, and thermal re-emission – photonics, especially through the development of innovative materials and effects, can play an important role in limiting global warming. What is perhaps less expected and intuitive is that photonics is also instrumental in providing a direct testbed and experimental demonstration of the intricate interplay between disorder and fluctuations predicted by Parisi.”
Read by clicking on this link the article written by Claudio Conti and Eugenio DelRe, CREF affiliates, explaining how photonics was instrumental in validating Parisi’s predictions!