Project Overview

Using Quantum Entanglement to Diagnose Disease

Faculty Sponsor

Kiko Galvez (


Physics and Astronomy


We have developed a quantum-optics technique to diagnose brain tissue. It uses quantum entanglement as a resource that relies on the interaction of biological media with entangled light. In this project we will investigate an extension of this technique using the non-local correlations of entangled photons, which we call non-local Mueller polarimetry. We will also investigate samples of “microtubules,” which are organic structures that form the back-bone skeleton of neurons, and which we have recently found to interact with entangled photons. The student will be involved in conducting experiments, aligning photon beams, and preparing microtubule samples.

Student Qualifications

Physics major. Ability to work on hands-on laboratory techniques, electronics and Matlab-based programming.

Number of Student Researchers

1 student

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 01/03/2022 and close on 02/04/2022

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