Prof. Zubairy's research interests include quantum optics and laser physics. He has been interested in quantum optical applications to quantum computing and quantum informatics. He has also been interested in quantum state measurement of the radiation field and sub-wavelength atom localization. His other interests include coherent atomic effects and quantum thermodynamics. He is the co-author of two books, one on Quantum Optics and the other on Quantum Computing Devices. Recently he published a book on Quantum Mechanics for Beginners. Prof. Zubairy received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1978 working under the supervision of Prof. Emil Wolf. He held research and teaching appointments at the Optical Sciences Center of the University of Arizona and the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of New Mexico before joining the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan in 1984. He served as Professor of Electronics and the founding Chairman of the Department of Electronics at the Quaid-i-Azam University. In 2000 he joined Texas A and M University where he is presently a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the holder of the Munnerlyn-Heep Chair in Quantum Optics. He has received many honors including the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize, the Outstanding Physicist Award from the Organization of Islamic Countries, the Abdus Salam Prize in Physics, the International Khwarizmi Award from the President of Iran, the Orders of Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Sitara-e-Imtiaz from the President of Pakistan, and the George H. W. Bush Award for Excellence in International Research. He is an elected member of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.
Awards & Recognition
- Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics (Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, 2014)
- George H. W. Bush Award for Excellence in International Research (George H. W. Bush Award for Excellence in International Research, 2011)
- Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2007)
- Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize for Distinguished Scientists (2007)
- Order of Hilal-e-Imtiaz (2001)