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Keywords:

  • Nobel lecture;
  • photon box;
  • quantum electrodynamics;
  • quantum physics;
  • schrödinger cat

Photons trapped in a superconducting cavity constitute an ideal system to realize some of the thought experiments imagined by the founding fathers of quantum physics. Physics laureate S. Haroche gives a personal account of the experiments performed with this “photon box” at the Ecole Normale Supérieure**.