Irina Novikova earned her undergraduate Diploma in physics from the Moscow State Engineering-Physics Institute in 1998. She completed her Ph.D. in 2003 in experimental Atomic and Molecular Optics at Texas A&M University under the supervision of Prof. George R. Welch. After spending three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, she joined the physics faculty at the College of William & Mary. Irina’s research is focused on the investigation of coherent light–atom interactions and their applications for quantum optics, precision metrology, and telecommunications.
The blurring effects of diffraction pose an obstacle to transmitting an image with all-optical technology. A method to reduce diffraction that takes advantage of the thermal motion of atoms could prove a way to keep images sharp.