Figure: The Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (IQSE) features four strongly overlapping areas of study. The common denominator is quantum optics and photonics.

Quantum Bioscience

Quantum Engineering

Quantum Nanoscience

Quantum Philosophy

Research within the IQSE involves faculty, students, and researchers within the Colleges of Science , Liberal Arts , Engineering , Veterinary Medicine , and Agriculture, which provides a unique opportunity to take advantage of and build upon the outstanding strengths of Texas A&M, melding them into an extraordinary interdisciplinary entity with national and international impact. Going beyond the conventional standard limits of modern science and technology, our research extends into such divers fields as quantum philosophy (e.g., first experimental hidden variable test and first demonstration of quantum erasure of information and quantum time), laser physics (dramatically new lasers operating without inversion), national security, (e.g., real time detection of anthrax and other chemical/bio toxins), nanoscience (quantum dot solar energy generation), bioscience (e.g., possible direct scanning of DNA base pairs and laser ablation of cellular nuclei for cloning), improved navigation and global and stellar positioning (e.g., matter wave gyros and photon-photon correlation techniques), and quantum informatics (e.g., quantum searching and microscopy), etc. with the undelying thread which teis all our research activities together being quantum optics and photonics.

Success in the above efforts significantly impact other areas, e.g., industry (e.g., photolithography, laser engraving, computing [optical storage, chip manufacturing], secure free-space wireless communications, preparation of low surface energy polymers, high speed optical transmission, new solid-state devices), medicine (dermatology, keratectomy, early disease detection of, e.g., Ebola, Hepatitis, and anthrax, identification of gene sequences, animal husbandry, development of disease resistant crops), water management (waste water treatment, safety of existing drinking water, disinfecting solar water), food processing (safety of national food stores, detection of Aflatoxins), renewable energy efforts (revolutionize the industry making solar cells,solar hydrogen production, and fuel cells more efficient/cost effective), telemetry, active imaging, lightning discharge control (e.g., protection of military facilities, power plants), ultra-sensitive magnetometry, metrology, remote sensing by Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging), e.g., bio-chemical agents, air pollution, and in information science and technology (quantum computers and quantum computing).

Last updated: 05 January 2013