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Marlan Scully
TAMU College Station
Faculty: Distinguished Professor

Marlan Scully


MPHY 566B (main office)

MPHY B27 (aux. location)


Marlan O. Scully (Texas A&M and Princeton) is a laser physics pioneer. His work includes the first quantum theory of the laser with Lamb, the first demonstrations of lasing without inversion, the first demonstration of ultraslow light in hot gases, and the use of quantum coherence to detect anthrax in real time. Furthermore Scully's work on quantum coherence and correlation effects has shed new light on the foundations of quantum mechanics, e.g., the quantum eraser.He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Europaea, and Max Planck Society; has numerous awards including the APS Schawlow prize, OSA Townes Award, IEEE Quantum Electronics Award, Franklin Institute's Elliott Cresson Medal, OSA Lomb Medal, and Humboldt Senior Faculty Prize. More recently he was named Harvard Loeb Lecturer, received an honorary doctorate from University of Ulm, and was awarded the OSA's DPG Hebert Walther Award.

Selected Publications

Anatoly Svidzinsky, Arash Azizi, Jonathan S. Ben-Benjamin, Marlan O. Scully, and William Unruh. “Causality in quantum optics and entanglement of Minkowski vacuum.” Physical Review Research, 3(1), Mar 2021.

S. Suckewer, A.V. Sokolov, and M.O. Scully. “Compact X-ray laser amplifier in the Water Window.” Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 255, 119675, Jul 2021.

Anatoly Svidzinsky, Arash Azizi, Jonathan S. Ben-Benjamin, Marlan O. Scully, and William Unruh. “Unruh and Cherenkov Radiation from a Negative Frequency Perspective.” Physical Review Letters, 126(6), Feb 2021.

Tao Peng, Xingchen Zhao, Yanhua Shih, and Marlan O. Scully. “High Order Coherence Functions and Spectral Distributions as Given by the Scully-Lamb Quantum Theory of the Laser.” Frontiers in Physics, 9, Apr 2021.

Zhe He, Weiwei Qiu, Megan E. Kizer, Jizhou Wang, Wencong Chen, Alexei V. Sokolov, Xing Wang, Jonathan Hu, and Marlan O. Scully. “Resolving the Sequence of RNA Strands by Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy.” ACS Photonics, 8(2), 424--430, Dec 2020.

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