Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park, 1987
Dr. Shih held a postdoctoral research associate appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UMCP for two years before joining UMBC.
Dr. Shih’s major research field is Quantum Optics. Dr. Shih started the Quantum Optics Laboratory at UMBC in the fall of 1989. His laboratory has been recognized as one of the leading laboratories in the field of quantum optics that attempts to probe the foundation of quantum theory. His pioneering research on multi-photon entanglement, multi-photon interferometry, quantum imaging, and optical tests of foundations of quantum theory has attracted a great deal of attention. Dr. Shih received Willis E. Lamb Medal in 2002 for pioneering contributions to quantum electronics and especially the study of spatial coherence effects of multi-photon entangled states. In thirty years of teaching and research, he published hundreds of experimental and theoretical works in leading refereed journals on the subject of quantum optics and has given hundreds of invited lectures and presentations at national and international professional conferences and workshops. His book “An Introduction to Quantum Optics”, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis (2nd Edition, 2021), is a good summary of his thirty years research.