Muhammad Suhail Zubairy

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Muhammad Suhail Zubairy
Born (1952-10-19) 19 October 1952 (age 70)
Lahore, Pakistan
Alma materEdwardes College
Quaid-i-Azam University
University of Rochester
International Centre for Theoretical Physics
Known forHis work in Quantum optics, Quantum computing, and Laser physics
AwardsWillis Lamb Award (2014)
Bush Excellence Award (2011)
Humboldt Research Award (2007)
Hilal-e-Imtiaz (2000)
Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1993)
Abdus Salam Award (1986)
Scientific career
FieldsQuantum Physics
InstitutionsTexas A&M University
Doctoral advisorEmil Wolf

Muhammad Suhail Zubairy, HI, SI, FPAS (born 19 October 1952),[1] is a University Distinguished Professor as of 2014[2] in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Texas A&M University and is the inaugural holder of the Munnerlyn-Heep Chair in Quantum Optics.

In 2017, Prof. Suhail Zubairy was awarded the Changjiang Distinguished Chair[3] at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. This is the highest award of the Chinese Government to a university professor and is rarely given to a non-Chinese. He has made pioneering contributions in the fields of Quantum computing, laser physics and quantum optics. He has authored and co-authored several books and over 300 research papers on a wide variety of research problems relating to theoretical physics. His research and work has been widely recognised by the physics community and he has won many international awards. In addition, he took part as the lead lecturer in the Casper College Quantum Science Camp during July 2022.

Academic career[edit]

Zubairy attended Edwardes College in Peshawar, where he received double BSc degree in physics and mathematics from the Peshawar University, in 1971.[1] He was conferred with Gold Medal with his degree by Peshawar University.[1] He received MSc in physics from the Quaid-i-Azam University in 1974, and his PhD in physics from the University of Rochester under the guidance of Professor Emil Wolf in 1978. He wrote an internationally renowned textbook on Quantum Optics that he co-authored with Marlan O. Scully.[4][5][1]

His research interests are very wide and he has written papers on quantum optical applications to quantum computing, quantum informatics, quantum entanglement and sub-wavelength atom localisation. More recently, Zubairy has concentrated most of his efforts on research in quantum microscopy and quantum lithography, some of which are ground breaking. For example, his papers on sub-wavelength lithography using classical light sources are very well received.[6] His recent Physical Review Letters[7] was reviewed in Physical Review Focus[8] as well as in the News of the Week section of Nature.[9] Another of his recent Physical Review Letters was selected by Science as a news release with the title "A new way to beat the limit on shrinking transistors".[10]

Awards and honours[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Fellow - M. Suhail. Zubairy profile". Pakistan Academy of Sciences website. Archived from the original on 17 September 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  2. ^ "Quantum Physicist Suhail Zubairy Appointed University Distinguished Professor", Texas A&M University website, archived from the original on 22 February 2017, retrieved 18 October 2022
  3. ^ a b "Changjiang Distinguished Chair Professor", Huazhong University of Science and Technology School of Physics website, archived from the original on 16 April 2017, retrieved 18 October 2022
  4. ^ "M. Suhail Zubairy". Texas A&M University, Department of Physics & Astronomy website. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  5. ^ Zubairy, M. Suhail; Marlan Scully (1997). Quantum Optics. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-43595-1.
  6. ^ Liao, Zeyang; Al-Amri, M.; Zubairy, M.S. (2010), "Quantum Lithography beyond the Diffraction Limit via Rabi Oscillations", Physical Review Letters, 105: 183601, Bibcode:2010PhRvL.105r3601L, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.183601, PMID 21231103 (see synopsis Archived 4 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine)
  7. ^ Kiffner, M.; Evers, J.; Zubairy, M.S. (2008), "Resonant Interferometric Lithography beyond the Diffraction Limit", Physical Review Letters, 100 (7): 073602, Bibcode:2008PhRvL.100g3602K, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.073602, PMID 18352551
  8. ^ Schirber, Michael (2008). "Dark Physics Beats Light Limit". Physical Review Focus. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  9. ^ "Research highlights: Semiconductors: Under the wave". Nature. 451 (7182): 1032–1033. 2008. Bibcode:2008Natur.451.1032.. doi:10.1038/4511032a.
  10. ^ Cho, Adrian (2006), "A New Way to Beat the Limits on Shrinking Transistors?", Science, vol. 312, no. 5774, p. 672, doi:10.1126/science.312.5774.672a
  11. ^ Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, archived from the original on 28 September 2020, retrieved 18 October 2022
  12. ^ "Zubairy Earns Bush Excellence Award for International Research", Texas A&M University, College of Science website, archived from the original on 13 March 2012, retrieved 18 October 2022