Strickland says she was left in disbelief when the call from Stockholm came early this morning notifying her of the win, saying she thought it was "crazy".
Three scientists were announced on Tuesday as the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics for their work with lasers.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Science announcing the Nobel Laureate winners in physics.
Their research enabled new studies of matter by allowing scientists to produce more powerful bursts of laser light, said Michael Moloney, chief executive officer of the American Institute of Physics. "Advanced precision instruments are opening up unexplored areas of research and a multitude of industrial and medical applications", stated the official website.
The two scientists devised a way to amplify short laser pulses without damaging the material used to do so or resorting to larger, more expensive lasers and equipment.
The academy said their 1985 article on the technique - called chirped pulse amplification or CPA - was "revolutionary".
Dr Strickland stressed on the need to support female physicists, as she stated at a news conference, "we need to celebrate women physicists because they're out there..."
Not just that she had clinched one of science's most prestigious honors - her pioneering work on laser pulses had earned her renown among the physics community - but also that she was one of only three women to win the award in its more than 100-year history.
One of them, Arthur Ashkin of Bell Labs in New Jersey, became the oldest person to receive a Nobel.
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She also joked about her disastrous speech at last year's conference in which she couldn't stop coughing and a sign fell behind her.
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The development led to a variety of applications including the ability to use lasers as scalpels to aid in eye surgery and to carve the interior of glass without breaking the surface.
"We are obviously disappointed", Arnault's lawyer, Bjorn Hurtig told TT.
She also said she wanted to attract young people to the field by fighting the perception that science was nerdy - hence her description of herself as a "laser jock" rather than a "laser geek".
She cited institutional issues that have made it more hard for women to advance their careers, mentioning maternity leave, which can take women out of the workplace for months or years at a time, as one example.
Simplified illustration of the laser technology developed by Strickland and Morou. She and Mourou found a way to produce a powerful laser pulse that lasts an nearly unimaginably short period of time.
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The Nobel chemistry prize comes Wednesday, followed by the peace prize on Friday.
Three scientists from the United States, France and Canada have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for advances in laser physics.