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"The Dawn of Quantum Biophotonics"

Dr. Marlan O. Scully
Texas A&M, Princeton, and Baylor Universities


Quantum optics and photonics are being used in a variety of bio-technologies for both plants and animals, primarily in the form of quantum optical technology. A new paradigm shift has been emerging in which the biologists define the parameters that are needed for effective use, and the quantum physicists/engineers design and develop the technology to meet those needs. For example, recent exciting developments of new radiation sources improved the detection of trace impurities via quantum coherence, and related effects improve microscopic resolution (Nobel prize 2014). Furthermore, the use of noise induced quantum coherence promises to open new vistas in photosynthesis and quantum effects in biology. This requires developing new techniques and pushing the envelope in quantum physics on the one hand and bioscience on the other. In this talk we describe recent progress in quantum biophotonics and open questions.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Room 108 , 4:10 PM
Biochemistry Building (Bldg. #1507)

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Texas A&M University