The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Alain Aspect, John Clauser, and Anton Zeilinger for "experiments with entangled photons... pioneering quantum information science".

Presumably there were noteworthy publications of each.

Are there separate publications at least partially authored by each of the three, that can each be said to be a "Nobel-prize winning paper"?

The Nobel prizes have historically been awarded for theorists whose work is later experimentally validated; some more recent Nobel prizes have somewhat loosened that theory vs. experiment dichotomy.

Can we create a timeline, with links to papers, from EPR to Bell to CHSH to the 70s - early 80's work of experiments of Clauser and Aspect to the GHZ/teleportation experiments and the Delft experiments, identifying noteworthy gedanken- and actual experiments, and how they anticipated or led into each other?

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    $\begingroup$ You can find the scientific report from the Nobel prize committee here. Which cites the works by the various authors that led to their prize. $\endgroup$
    – Rammus
    Oct 8, 2022 at 15:11
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    $\begingroup$ Useful link $\endgroup$
    – narip
    Dec 12, 2022 at 3:15

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Well, a sidebar in Quanta magazine's article had already created a nice timeline on the experiments and events leading up to the 2022 Nobel Prize in physics.

Also as identified by @Rammus in a comment, the Nobel Prize committee has provided a very readable summary of the work, and how they led and lead from one idea to another.

We may have at least the following landmark papers:

There are many other papers and studies in-between these seminal works - for example, EPR spoke of continuous position/momentum entanglement, but Bohm conceptually modified this to thinking about discrete qubits. Also, these physics thought- and actual-experiments explored the nature of entanglement and its importance to quantum foundations, but did not yet appear to consider much in the way of algorithmic or computational aspects of quantum mechanics, and the power afforded therein.

Such a laundry list of names, dates, and papers is perhaps of some value, although clearly there are and may always be representation issues, e.g., from the metes and bounds of the Nobel's famous lists of requirements for physics. For example only up to three prizes are awarded each year, and only for living candidates.


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