Prof. Marlan Scully - Using Quantum Mechanics to detect COVID-19 disease

Date: Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 at 16:00pm (Israel time)



In general quantum biophotonics is a hot topic and various examples will be given. As a case in point, some time ago we used quantum coherence (FAST CARS) to detect anthrax [1,2]. For the past months we have been researching the application of, e.g., quantum coherence and quantum entanglement to detect SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies [3] and map the surface of a single COVID-19 virus [4] using FAST CARS with Enhanced Resolution (FASTER CARS).


[1] “FAST CARS: Engineering a laser spectroscopic technique for rapid identification of bacterial spores,” M. Scully, et al., PNAS, 99(17), 10994-11001 (2002).

[2]  “Optimizing the laser-pulse configuration for coherent Raman spectroscopy,” D. Pestov, et al., Science, 316(5822), 265-268 (2007).

[3] "Enhancing Sensitivity of Lateral Flow Assay with Application to SARS-CoV-2", T. Peng, et al., Applied Physics Letters, 117, 120601 (2020).

[4] “Laser Spectroscopic Technique for Direct Identification of a Single Virus I: FASTER CARS”, V. Deckert, et al., PNAS, 117 (45) 27820-27824 (2020).



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