Hemmer's research featured in prestigious publications

Dr. Phillip Hemmer, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has had his research featured in several research publications.Photo of Dr. Phillip Hemmer

The coverage stems from a study published May 19 in theInstitute of Physics and the German Physical Society'sNew Journal of Physics. Among the websites reporting the paper are physicsinventions.com andsciencenewsline.com

Hemmer has developed a novel technique, using the structure of diamond, that could provide the ability to peer at single biological molecules in a living cell. This technique could potentially provide a tool for diagnosing and developing a treatment for hard-to-cure diseases, including cancer.

Hemmer, the co-lead author, exploits a specific defect in the lattice structure of diamond to externally detect the spins of individual molecules.

Hemmer joined the Texas A&M Engineering in January 2002. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton in 1976 and his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984.

His interest areas are in solid materials for quantum optics, especially "dark resonance" excitation; materials and techniques for resonant nonlinear optics; phase-conjugate-based turbulence aberration and compensation; spectral holeburning materials and techniques for ultra-dense memories and high temperature operation; quantum computing in solid materials; quantum communication and teleportation in trapped atoms; holographic optical memory materials; smart pixels devices; optical correlators; photorefractive applications; atomic clocks; and laser trapping and cooling.

Among Hemmer's honors are receiving the Ruth and William Neely '52/Dow Chemical Fellowship, an outstanding faculty award from the department, an NSF Fellowship, the Air Force Research Laboratory Chief Scientist's award and the AFOSR Star Team Award three times. He also is a member of the Optical Society of America, S.P.I.E., and American Physical Society.