报告题目：Counterfactual communication: Optical communication with invisible photons
报 告 人：Prof. M S Zubairy（Texas A&M University）
It has long been assumed in physics that for information to travel between two parties in empty space, physical particles have to travel between them. Here, using the ‘‘chained’’ quantum Zeno effect, we show how information can be transferred between the two parties without any physical particles traveling between them.
Muhammad Suhail Zubairy, distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Texas A&M University and the inaugural holder of the Munnerlyn-Heep Chair in Quantum Optics, the Changjiang Distinguished Chair at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. 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. 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, 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, which are the classical books in this field. He has published over 300 research papers on a wide variety of research problems relating to theoretical physics. His research work has been widely recognized by the physics community.