Rhapsody in blue: Japanese trio scoop the 2014 physics Nobel

8 Oct 2014Bristol, UK

The Swedish Academy of Sciences yesterday announced the winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics ending year-long speculation and recognizing a discovery that they said was in the “spirit of Alfred Nobel” as an inventor.

IOP Publishing (IOP) congratulates Japanese-born scientists Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura on becoming the latest Nobel prize laureates for their invention of “efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”. Akasaki and Amano are both affiliated to Nagoya University (although Akasaki is currently a professor at Meijo University) and Nakamura, formerly of Nichia Corporation, is a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr Matthew Salter, Asia-Pacific Publishing Manager of IOP based in Tokyo said: “All at IOP extend their warmest congratulations to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura on winning the 2014 Nobel prize. Their invention of the blue light-emitting diode marked a turning point in the field and has already delivered many benefits to society in applications such as super-efficient lighting and information technology.

“We are very proud that all three laureates have all published extensively in IOP journals including in journals published with our partner, The Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP). We were delighted to see that a number of the articles cited by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences came from these journals.”

In recognition of Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura’s landmark achievements, IOP are making available a collection of breakthrough papers connected with the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics award. These articles published in the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics (JJAP), Applied Physics Express (APEX), Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Reports on Progress in Physics, and Semiconductor Science and Technology, will be free to read until the end of 2014.

Prof. Takashi Kondo, Chief Executive Editor of JJAP and APEX said: “JSAP congratulates professors Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura for their revolutionary work that has led to this well-deserved honour. We are proud to have published a number of seminal articles by these outstanding researchers in JJAP and APEX, which are both edited by The Japan Society of Applied Physics.

“JSAP in partnership with IOP is delighted to make available a collection of articles from JJAP and APEX by Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura. We hope that these will aid the further understanding of their work.”

The collection of papers can be found at iopscience.iop.org/page/Nobel.