Yang<img alt="Lan Yang" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Yang_Lan.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />ProfessorLan Yang - Electrical & Systems Engineering - ​Presidential Award Winner<div>​​​​PhD, California Institute of Technology, 2005</div><div>MS, California Institute of Technology, 2000</div><div>MS, University of Science and Technology of China, 1999</div><div>BS, University of Science and Technology of China, 1997</div><p>  <a href=""><img src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/gscholar.png" alt="" style="margin: 0px 0px -5px;"/> Google Scholar</a><br/></p> <span> <hr/></span> <strong style="text-align: center;">Affiliations</strong> <ul style="text-align: left;"><li> <a href="" style="font-size: 0.9em;">Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering (CASE)</a><br/></li><li> <a href="" style="font-size: 0.9em;">The Institute of Materials Science & Engineering</a><br/></li><li> <a href="/departments-faculty/interdisciplinary-degree-programs/imaging-science/Pages/default.aspx" style="font-size: 0.9em;">Imaging Science PhD Program</a><br/></li><li> <a href="" style="font-size: 0.9em;">Center for Quantum Sensors</a><br/></li></ul><p><span style="font-size: 1.25em; line-height: 1.2;">E</span><span style="font-size: 1.25em; line-height: 1.2;">dwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor​​</span><br/></p><h3>Expertise<br/></h3><p>Photonics, optical sensing, microresonators, lasers, non-Hermitian physics, parity-time symmetry in photonics<br/></p><h3>Research</h3><div class="ExternalClassA8B722A013894013AE3BAA5F4EDC4F44">Lan Yang is a fellow of The Optical Society and her research interests include fabrication, characterization and fundamental understanding of advanced nano/micro photonic devices with outstanding optical properties or novel features for unconventional control of light flow. Her group focuses on the silicon-chip-based, ultra-high-quality micro-resonators and their applications for sensing, lasing, nonlinear optics, environmental monitoring, biomedical research and communication. Her group has demonstrated the first on-chip micro-resonator-based particle sensors that can achieve not only detection but also size measurement of single nanoparticles one by one. Different materials with tailored chemical compositions and nanostructures are used in her research to achieve advanced micro/nano photonic devices with desired properties, such as nonreciprocal light transmissions in a parity-time-symmetric optical resonator system, an all-optical analog of an electronic diode that allows current flow in one direction.​​<br/></div><div class="ExternalClassA8B722A013894013AE3BAA5F4EDC4F44"><h3>​Biography</h3><p>P<span style="line-height: inherit;">rofessor Yang joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. She runs the Laboratory of Micro/Nano Photonics Research Group in the McKelvey School of Engineering.​</span></p><div class="ExternalClassA8B722A013894013AE3BAA5F4EDC4F44">In 2010, she earned a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and in 2011, she <a href="/news/Pages/WUSTL-scientist-wins-prestigious-Presidential-Early-Career-Award.aspx">was honored by President Barack Obama with a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)</a>. The early career award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.​</div></div><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Yang_research.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="tel://3149359543">314-935-9543</a><br/><a href=""></a><br/>Green Hall, Room 2120F</p><a href="">play video</a><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox" contenteditable="false"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 589bdde6-6f95-4f39-85f8-20c90ca483c5" id="div_589bdde6-6f95-4f39-85f8-20c90ca483c5" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_589bdde6-6f95-4f39-85f8-20c90ca483c5" unselectable="on" style="display: none;"></div></div>



Yang named 2020 IEEE Fellow named 2020 IEEE Fellow
Martin, Yang among most highly-cited researchers worldwide, Yang among most highly-cited researchers worldwide
Center for Quantum Sensors awarded NSF Quantum Leap Challenge seed grant for Quantum Sensors awarded NSF Quantum Leap Challenge seed grant
‘We do research to help people’‘We do research to help people’
The Discoverer: Lan Yang Discoverer: Lan Yang
Yang hosts Nature Communications photonics conference at WashU hosts Nature Communications photonics conference at WashU
Enabling ‘internet of photonic things’ with miniature sensors ‘internet of photonic things’ with miniature sensors
Vibrations at an exceptional point at an exceptional point
Breaking the laws of science the laws of science
A new trick for controlling emission direction in microlasers new trick for controlling emission direction in microlasers
A new route to chaos new route to chaos
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