exploit the new technologies and methods in many facets of the biosciences. However, it will be necessary for the Physics Laboratory to elucidate a comprehensive plan for organizing and staffing its expanded role in this area if it is to optimize its effectiveness.
The terahertz research in the Optical Technology Division has outstanding measurement capabilities in terahertz research, but because these are developing technologies and because of reorganization within the laboratory, it is not obvious which applications are to be investigated and who the future customers are to be. The terahertz research technical leads and the division management should delineate applications areas and their potential applications for the laboratory’s unusual capabilities in the area of terahertz research.
The Physics Laboratory should develop a strategic plan in quantum information because it has the potential to become a major innovator of such technology. Conversely, failure within the United States to develop a leadership position in this area could threaten U.S. competitiveness economically and scientifically and could undermine national security.