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Yu Yao

  •  yuyao@asu.edu
  •  (480) 965-9208
  •  ENGRC 557 School of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State Uni Tempe
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5706
Biography

Yu Yao is an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University since 2015. Yu Yao received the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2011. From 2011 to 2014, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. Her current research has been focused on electronic transport and optic properties of semiconductor nanostructures, two dimensional materials, nanophotonic structures and their applications in advanced optoelectronics and reconfigurable optical devices; mid-infrared technology and its application for infrared sensing, medical and imaging. She has published about 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books in semiconductor optoelectronic devices, nanophotonics and microwave photonics. She received the AFOSR Young Investigator Award in 2016, DARPA Young Faculty award in 2019 and selected as a Fulton Outstanding Assistant Professor at ASU in 2018.

Education
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University 2011
  • M.Eng. Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China
  • B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China
Research Interests

 

Nanophotonics and subwavelength optoelectronics: design nano-scale photonic and optoelectronic devices based on semiconductor nanostructures, plasmonics as well as emerging materials

 

Semiconductor nanostructures, graphene and other 2D materials: study electronic transport and optic properties of semiconductor nanostructures, graphene and graphene heterostructures

 

Develop novel device and system designs to address various challenges in biomedical, communication and energy applications and seek optimum solutions at the system level.

 

 

 

 

Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

  1. A. Basiri, X. Che, J. Bai, P. Amrollahi, J. Carpenter, Z. Holman, C. Wang, Y. Yao, “Nature-Inspired Chiral Metasurfaces for Circular Polarization Detection and Full-Stokes Polarimetric Measurement”, Light Science & Applications 8, 78 (2019)
  2. Jing Bai, Chu Wang, Xiahui Chen, Ali Basiri, Chao Wang, Yu Yao, “Chip-integrated plasmonic flat optics for mid-infrared Full-Stokes polarization detection”, Photonics research, 7, 1051-1060, 2019.
  3. Zhao, Zhi, Ninad Chamele, Michael N. Kozicki, Yu Yao, and Chao Wang. “Photochemical Synthesis of Dendritic Silver Nano-particles for Anti-counterfeiting.” Journal of Materials Chemistry C (2019)
  4. B. Zeng, Z. Huang, A. Singh, Y. Yao, A. K. Azad, A. D. Mohite, A. J. Taylor, D. R. Smith and H. T. Chen, “Hybrid graphene metasurfaces for high-speed mid-infrared light modulation and single-pixel imaging,” Light: Science & Applications, vol. 7, p. 51, 2018/08/22 2018. 
  5. X. Chen, C. Wang, Yu Yao*, and C. Wang*, “Plasmonic Vertically Coupled Complementary Antennas for Dual-Mode Infrared Molecule Sensing“, ACS Nano., 11, 8034, 2017. (* corresponding authors)
  6. Z. Song, C. Lv, M. Liang, V. Sanphuang, K. Wu, B. Chen, Z. Zhao, J. Bai, X. Wang, J. L. Volakis, L. Wang, X. He, Y. Yao, S.Tongay, and H. Jiang, "Microscale Silicon Origami," Small, vol. 12, pp. 5401-5406, 2016. (6 pages)
  7. Y. Yao, M. A. Kats, R. Shankar, Y. Song, J. Kong, M. Loncar, and F. Capasso, “ Electrically tunable metasurface perfect absorbers for ultrathin mid-infrared optical modulators”, Nano Letters, 14, 6526-6532, 2014.
  8. S. Zhang, M. A Kats, Y. Cui, Y. Zhou, Y. Yao, S. Ramanathan, and F. Capasso, “Current-modulated optical properties of vanadium dioxide thin films in the phase transition region,” Appl Phys Lett, vol. 105, pp. 211104, 2014.
  9. Y. Yao, R. Shankar, P. Rauter, Y. Song, M. Loncar, J. Kong, and F. Capasso, “High responsivity mid-infrared graphene detectors with antenna enhanced photo-carrier generation and collection”, Nano Letters, 14, 3749–3754, 2014.
  10. Y. Yao, M. A. Kats, R. Shankar, Y. Song, M. Loncar, J. Kong, and F. Capasso, “Wide wavelength tuning of optical antennas on graphene with nanosecond response time”, Nano Letters, 14, 214-219, 2014.
  11. Y. Yao, M. A. Kats, P. Genevet, N. Yu, Y. Song, J. Kong, and F. Capasso, “Broad electrical tuning of graphene-loaded plasmonic antennas”, Nano Letters, 13, 1257–1264, 2013.
  12. Y. Yao, A.J. Hoffman, and C.F. Gmachl, “Mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers”, (invited) Nature Photonics, 6, 432-439, 2012.
  13. Y. Yao, A. Alfaro-Martinez, K.J. Franz, W.O. Charles, A. Shen, et al. “Room temperature and narrow intersubband electroluminescence from ZnCdSe/ ZnCdMgSe quantum cascade laser structures”, Appl. Phys. Lett.,99, 041113,2011.
  14. Y. Yao, X. Wang, J. Fan and C. F. Gmachl, “High performance ‘continuum-to-continuum’ Quantum Cascade lasers with a broad gain bandwidth over 400 cm-1”, Applied Physics Letters, 97, 081115, 2010.
  15. Y. Yao, T. Tsai, W.O. Charles, J. Chen, G. Wysocki and C. F. Gmachl, “Broadband Quantum Cascade laser gain medium based on a "continuum-to-bound" active region design”, Applied Physics Letters, 96, 211106, 2010.
  16. Y. Yao, K. J. Franz, X. Wang, J. Fan, C. F. Gmachl, “A widely voltage-tunable Quantum Cascade laser based on “two-step” coupling,” Applied Physics Letters, 95, 021105, 2009. 
  17. Y. Yao, Z. Liu, A. J. Hoffman, K. J. Franz, C. F. Gmachl, “Voltage tunability of Quantum Cascade lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron, Vol. 45, No. 6, pp. 730-736, June 2009.
  18. Y. Yao, Xiangfei Chen, Yitang Dai, and Shizhong Xie, “Dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber laser with a simple linear cavity and its application in microwave generation,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. vol. 18, no.1, pp. 187-189, Jan. 2006.
  19. R.T. Moug, H. Sultana, Y. Yao, A. Alfaro-Martinez, L. Peng, et al. “Optimization of Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Growth for the Development of Mid-Infrared (IR) II–VI Quantum Cascade Lasers”, J. Electron. Mater., 41, 944-947, 2012.
  20. E. Mujagic, C. Schwarzer, Y. Yao, J. Chen, C. Gmachl, and Gottfried Strasser, “Two-dimensional broadband distributed-feedback quantum cascade laser arrays”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 98, 141101, 2011.
  21. E. Mujagic, C. Schwarze, W. Schrenk, Y. Yao, J. Chen, C. F. Gmachl, G. Strasser, “Strategies toward the realization of two-dimensional broadband and coherent quantum cascade ring laser arrays”, Optical Engineering 49(11), 111113, 2010.
  22. C. Schwarzer, E. Mujagić, Y. Yao, W. Schrenk, J. Chen, C. Gmachl, and G. Strasser, “Coherent coupling of ring cavity surface emitting quantum cascade lasers”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 071103 (2010).
  23. W. O. Charles, Y. Yao, K. J. Franz, Q. Zhang, A. Shen, C. Gmachl and M. C. Tamargo, “Growth of Znx’Cd(1-x’)Se/ZnxCdyMg(1-x-y)Se -InP Quantum Cascade structures for emission in the 3 – 5 µm range”, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B Vol. 28, Issue 3, pp. C3G24-C3G27, 2010.
  24. K.J. Franz, P.Q. Liu, J. Raftery, M.D. Escarra, A.J. Hoffman, S.S. Howard, Y. Yao, Y. Dikmelik, X. Wang, J. Fan, J. B Kurgin, C. Gmachl, et al. “Short Injector Quantum Cascade Lasers”, IEEE J. Quantum Electron., 46, 591-600, 2010.
  25. C. Young, R. Cendejas; S. S. Howard, W. Sanchez-Vaynshteyn, A. J. Hoffman, K. J. Franz, Y. Yao, B. Mizaikoff, X. Wang, J. Fan, C. F. Gmachl. “Wavelength selection for Quantum Cascade lasers by cavity length”, Applied Physics Letters, 94, 091109, 2009.
  26. Y. Dai, X. Chen, J. Sun, Y. Yao, S. Xie, “Dual-wavelength DFB fiber laser based on a chirped structure and the equivalent phase shift method”, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. Vol. 18,  No. 18,  pp. 1964 – 1966  Sep. 2006.
  27. Y. Dai, X. Chen, J. Sun, Y. Yao, S. Xie, “Dispersion compensation based on sampled fiber Bragg gratings fabricated with reconstruction equivalent-chirp method”,  IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. Vol. 18, No. 8, pp941-943, April 2006.
  28. Y. Dai, X. Chen, J. Sun, Y. Yao, and S. Xie, “High-performance, high-chip-count optical code division multiple access encoders-decoders based on a reconstruction equivalent-chirp technique”, Opt. Lett., vol, 31, pp. 1618-1620, 2006.

Invited Conference Presentations

  1. Yu Yao, “Infrared Optoelectronics Based on Active metasurfaces”, to be presented at the 4th International Workshop on Infrared Technologies, Tempe, Arizona, November, 2017.
  2. Yu Yao, Ali Basiri, “High speed optical modulators with tunable metasurface absorber”, META'16, the 7th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics, 4A12-2, Malaga, Spain, July, 2016.
  3. Y. Yao, R. Shankar, P. Rauter, Y. Song, J. Kong, M. Loncar and F. Capasso, “Mid-infrared graphene detectors with antenna-enhanced light absorption and photo-carrier collection”. the 2014 II-VI Workshop, Baltimore, Maryland, Oct. 2014.
  4. Y. Yao, M. A. Kats, R. Shankar,Y. Song, J. Kong, M. Loncar, and F. Capasso, “Ultra-compact high speed mid-IR modulators based on electrically tunable metasurfaces”, IEEE. Summer topicals meeting series, Montréal, Québec, Canada, July, 2014.
  5. Y. Yao, M. A. Kats, R. Shankar,Y. Song, J. Kong, M. Loncar, and F. Capasso, “Electrically tunable plasmonic antennas on graphene”, Photonics West, San Francisco, CA, Jan. 2014.
  6. Y. Yao, T. Tsai, X. Wang, G. Wysocki, and C.F. Gmachl. ‘Broadband Quantum Cascade Lasers Based on Strongly-coupled Transitions with an External Cavity Tuning Range over 340 cm-1’, International Conference on Intersubband Transitions in Quantum Wells (ITQW), Badesi, Italy, Sep. 2011.
  7. Y. Yao, X. Wang, J. Fan, W. O. Charles, T. R. Tsai, J. Chen, G. Wysocki, C. F. Gmachl,  “High performance quantum cascade lasers with broadband gain spectra”, Photonics West, San Francisco, CA, Jan. 2011.
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
PHY 792Research
MSE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 437Optoelectronics
EEE 492Honors Directed Study
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 591Seminar
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
MSE 792Research
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
PHY 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
PHY 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 493Honors Thesis
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation