Distinguished Hui Cao

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Hui Cao

Yale University, USA
OSA Member since: 1992
OSA Fellow since: 2007

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Hui Cao is a Professor of Applied Physics and Physics at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Her primary research interests are nanophotonics, microcavity laser physics, random laser, photonic crystals, and quantum optics.

Cao received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Applied Physics in 1997. Based on her thesis work on semiconductor microcavity quantum electrodynamics, she, together with her thesis advisor and a postdoc in her group, published a monograph in the series �Springer Tracts of Modern Physics�. Cao was a faculty of Physics at Northwestern University from 1997 to 2007. She has made ground-breaking contributions to the experimental studies of random laser and light localization. Her demonstration of coherent light generation from disordered media and invention of random microlaser are regarded as one of the most important advances in Condensed Matter and Material Physics in the years 1999 and 2000, respectively (see �Physics News in 1999� and �Physics News in 2000� published by the American Physical Society).

Cao has written several review articles and book chapters on the random laser. Her original works on the random laser have been widely cited. She won the Early CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (2001), the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2004), the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Overseas Chinese Physics Association (2004), and the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award from the American Physical Society (2006). In 2007 she became a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). Since 2008, she has been a Distinguished Traveling Lecturer for APS Division of Laser Sciences (DLS). Cao is the program co-chair for the 2010 International Conference on Quantum Electronics and Laser Sciences (QELS).

Link for more information:

Hui Cao Research Laboratory | Professor of Applied Physics | Yale University

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