Future Nobel laureates in physics?

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Which physicists are most likely to win the Nobel Prize in physics in 2021 and in the coming years?
 

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Here were three 2020 predictions. While not an exact match, the Nobel Prize was awarded in the field of black holes, the first group.
Possibilities include John Perdew, whose work at multiple institutions has made him one of the most cited scientists on DFT and in physics, or Lu Jeu Sham from UC San Diego, who worked with the aforementioned Kohn on the Kohn-Sham equation, a specialized form of DFT widely used in materials science and quantum chemistry.
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We have previously predicted that scientists working on quantum communication technology might get the nod from the Committee. In particular, we mentioned the trio of Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger
Possible future results:

Exploring the mass gap between neutron stars and black holes - via gravitational waves and possibly electromagnetic observations - could lead to a prize, too. B modes in the cosmic microwave background would be a candidate.

If muon g-2 is a real anomaly and gets confirmed it has a chance. The b-physics anomalies have a chance if they are real. Both would likely be 10+ years in the future because the interpretation isn't easy.

A good model for high temperature superconductors would likely get a prize. Discovering a useful room-temperature superconductor would be a candidate, too.
 
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Anton Zeilinger. plane @ simple
 
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Magic angle graphene?
Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, Allan MacDonald and Rafi Bistritzer
 

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