About Us

Inspire Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established with an objective to help facilitate and support its members in conducting scientific research.

Date of Incorporation: 2006

President Dr. Attipat Rajagopal

Dr. Rajagopal completed his undergraduate studies in Physics and Mathematics in India and obtained a Master's degree (1960) for a dissertation on Lattice Vibrations of Zinc Blende, from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Shortly after that, he came to Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, on a Tata Memorial Travel Grant and a Gordon McKay Prize Fellowship, where he obtained a Ph. D. degree (1964) for a thesis on Itinerant Electron Ferromagnetism.  Dr. Rajagopal worked at the Naval Research Laboratory from 1985.

Dr. Rajagopal conducts theoretical research on a variety of topics in condensed matter and statistical physics including: magnetic and superconducting properties of metals and alloys including the new high Tc systems, lattice vibrations of metals and superconductors, electron gas theories in 2-D and 3-D, long time relaxation phenomena in complex systems, on nanoelectronic structures and devices, as well as on a new nonequilibrium time-dependent functional theory of condensed matter systems, Tsallis entropy for nonextensive systems and most recently in the areas of quantum entanglement and information theory. Prior to the NRL appointment, he was a Professor of Physics for over a period of two decades, in various universities and research institutes in this country and abroad.

Over the years, Dr. Rajagopal has received numerous awards and published about 325 technical papers, and about a dozen chapters in books on advanced physics, and chemistry series. He has been a Fellow of the American Physical Soceity since 1974, and a Fellow of the Washington Academy of Science Academy since 1994. Additionally, he has given over two hundred and fifty invited lectures and seminars at various International conferences, universities and research institutions in the country and abroad.

Secretary Dr. Ronald Rendell

Dr. Rendell received a Ph.D. in physics (1980) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has worked on theory in research projects in the areas of relaxations and transport in complex material systems, the physics of plasmonics in nanostructures and metamaterials, and quantum decoherence and entanglement in the area of quantum information. In his Ph.D. work, Dr. Rendell originated the concept of the localized surface plasmon and identified the first experimental observation of these excitations. He later developed theory and modeling of plasmo-photonic nanostructured arrays and protein-based plasmonic nanostructures, and collaborated on the design of the highest field enhancement plasmonic array in the literature. Dr. Rendell developed theory and modeling in collaboration with Dr. K.L. Ngai on relaxation in complex systems (such as polymers, glasses, electronic materials, dielectrics, ionic conductors) which exhibit time-dependent phenomena related to many-body correlations in the materials. He discovered that diffusion in the phase-space of chaotic Hamiltonians provides the underlying theoretical concept in understanding the time-dependent relaxation in correlated systems, as has since been verified by modeling by several groups and provides a foundation for the Coupling Model (K.L. Ngai) which has been successful in understanding a vast range of relaxation experiments. Dr. Rendell collaborated on explaining dynamic heterogeneity in structural α-relaxations and the physics for the long-standing problems of molecular weight and temperature dependences in polymer melts, anomalous isotope mass dependences in ionic conductors and the structural volume relaxations near the glass transition. Dr. Rendell developed theory in collaboration with Dr. A.K. Rajagopal in the area of quantum information and exhibited the first example of entanglement-sudden-death, developed theory for entanglement evolution from an entangled initial state, and proposed the measure of quantum deficit which has been extended to several areas, including quantumness of correlations to characterize separability and measurement-induced disturbance to quantify the classicality of a system in response to local measurements. His current research is in the area of Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, specifically on the measurement problem. During 2006-2007, Dr. Rendell was a member of Prof. Aharonov's Center for Quantum Studies where he conducted fundamental quantum mechanics research. In 2006 Dr. Rendell was a founding member of Inspire Institute, and is currently on the board of directors.

Treasurer Dr. Michael Steiner

Dr. Steiner received his BSEE (1986) Drexel University, MSEE (1988) and Ph.D. (1994) from the University Of Maryland, College Park. His advanced degrees are in Information Theory. As part of his Ph.D. degree he resolved the long-standing strong simplex conjecture of information theory. As well, he developed the first constructive good code that can reach the capacity of Gaussian noise channels which are typical communication channels of interest. Prior to that, it was only known how to construct explicit good codes on a subclass of discrete channels. Dr. Steiner contributes in the areas of Quantum Information including the theory of entanglement and non-locality. He showed that only a finite amount of information was needed to account for non-local correlations predicted by Bell's inequality and extended the theory of the robustness of entanglement. His current research is in the area of Foundations of Quantum Mechanics specifically on the measurement problem. During 2005-2007, Dr. Steiner was a member of Prof. Aharonov's Center for Quantum Studies where he conducted fundamental quantum mechanics research. In 2006 Dr. Steiner was a founding member of Inspire Institute, and is currently on the board of directors. During 2008-2010 Dr. Steiner was a member of the Chapman University Institute for Quantum Studies in the area of fundamental quantum mechanics.

Director-At-Large Dr. Louis Sica

Dr. Louis Sica received his Ph.D. in physics from The Johns Hopkins University. His thesis was concerned with the spatial coherence properties of lasers and thermal sources. He spent his subsequent career at the Naval Research Laboratory, from which he retired in Dec. 2004, with two interludes at the Office of Naval Research. He has investigated a variety of optical problems ranging from nonlinear processes deleterious to laser light propagation to high resolution space imaging using coherence measurements. Many of the problem areas investigated resided in the field of statistical optics. Recently, he has been interested in foundational problems of quantum mechanics, particularly problems in the interpretation of Bell’s theorem.


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Recent Publications

May 2013: A. R. Usha Devi, H. S. Karthik, Sudha, and A. K. Rajagopal

Macrorealism from entropic Leggett-Garg inequalities

Physical Review A 87, 052103 (2013)

May 2013: H. S. Karthik, H. Katiyar, A. Shukla, T. S. Mahesh, A. R. Usha Devi, and A. K. Rajagopal

Inversion of moments to retrieve joint probabilities in quantum sequential measurements

Physical Review A 87052118 (2013)


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