Jordanian scientist in search for the quantum device that would solve humanity’s problems

Jordanian scientist, researcher and quantum engineer Montasir Qasymeh
Jordanian scientist, researcher and quantum engineer Montasir Qasymeh. (Photo: Handout from Montasir Qasymeh)
AMMAN — Jordanian researcher Montasir Qasymeh has come from humble beginnings to become an innovative scientist in quantum engineering and electrical engineering.اضافة اعلان

“The significant improvement of human well-being… inspired me to get deeply involved in science and technology,” he explained in an interview with Jordan News.

The scientist from Bayt Yafa, a small town to the west of Irbid, holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and telecommunication engineering and a master’s degree in optical telecommunication and photonics technologies. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from Dalhousie University in Canada in 2010.

The scientist, who has been an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Abu Dhabi University since 2011, has made great strides in the research and education industries, publishing more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences and attracting close to 1.8 million Emirati dirham in research funding. He owns one US patent, and has three pending.

“My current research interests include plasmonic devices, terahertz photonics, and quantum photonics. I am also active in research on nonlinear optics and electro-optic devices,” he said.

Qasymeh tried to break down some of the foundational principles underpinning his work. “A quantum device is an electronic, mechanical, or optical device that is governed by the rules of quantum physics,” he explained.

“This signifies that the quantities that the device generates can be described as a superposition of several possibilities. These quantities can be the entanglement; despite separation, distance can be squeezed below the Heisenberg limit and can be teleported in time and space,” he added.

He explained that breakthroughs in quantum devices have been picking up pace in recent years, with the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) introducing the first quantum computer in 2019, which can, within just a few seconds, solve the type of complex problems that would take conventional computers hundreds of years.

In its early stages, his research was premised on the idea of designing an innovative device that is more efficient and performs better by properly integrating different technologies.

Specifically, he envisaged a device capable of converting an ultra-weak microwave signal (also called quantum microwave signal) to the optical frequency domain.

“The device is composed of periodic graphene layers that are electrically driven by a microwave signal and optically pumped by a laser beam. Graphene is an atomically thin material that shows unique electrical and optical properties. Owing to the dispersion of the periodic layers and the graphene properties, microwave-to-optical conversion is achieved with a very low signal-to-noise ratio (about 30 dB) and high efficiency (close to unity).”

Qasymeh believes that his invention has the potential to interconnect superconducting quantum computers and achieve ultrasensitive sensing, besides also contributing to unattackable quantum communication networks.

The researcher is excited for what the future holds. “I am eager to explore and continue investigating quantum systems,” he said. “These systems promise to pave the way for super-efficient performance. Once such systems are realized, many fundamental problems (such as molecular modeling, ultrasensitive measurements, etc.) can be solved.”

“I hope that our work adds to the knowledge that links quantum physics with electrical engineering,” he concluded. “Such integration can lead to practical devices that can solve several problems facing humanity.”

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