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DU Shengwang 杜勝望
PhD, University of Colorado Boulder
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Prof Shengwang Du received his BS in electrical engineering from Nanjing University in 1996, MS in physics from Peking University in 1999, MS in electrical engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder) in 2002, and PhD in physics from JILA at CU-Boulder in 2005. He had worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Ginzton Lab, Stanford University from 2005 to 2008. He joined the Department of Physics of HKUST in July 2008. He received the School of Science Research Award in 2011. He is a Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA, 2019), a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS, 2019), and an elected member of The Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences (YASHK, 2020). Prof Du is currently the Director of the SSCI-IAS Super-Resolution Imaging Center (SRIC), and holding a joint faculty position at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Prof Du’s experimental research mainly focuses on two areas: fundamental atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics, and applied optical microscopy. In AMO physics, his group is exploring fundamentals in the field of quantum optics and probing the quantum nature of light quanta. Current research activities include laser cooling and trapping, generation and manipulation of narrow-band entangled photon pairs, coherent quantum interaction between photons and atoms, cavity quantum electrodynamics, etc. His research group is also interested in developing optical spectroscopy tools for nano material and structures. Along his recent efforts on the interdisciplinary collaborative biophysics research, his group is developing unconventional optical techniques to study biological problems, such as super-resolution microscopy and light-sheet microscopy which have been led to commercialization.
“Think as a physicist, and work as an engineer” –  Prof. Du and his group are aiming at discovering and solving new science problems by making use of and developing advanced technologies.
Research Areas
Atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics, including quantum optics, quantum information and communication, quantum computation, nonlinear optics, atom optics, laser cooling and trapping, Bose-Einstein condensation; Nanophotonics; Bioimaging; Optical microscopy.
Representative Publications
  • “Mirrorless optical parametric oscillation with tunable threshold in cold atoms,” Y. Mei, X. Guo, L. Zhao, and S. Du, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 150406 (2017).
  • “Quantum heat engine using electromagnetically induced transparency,” Y. Zou, Y. Jiang, Y. Mei, X. Guo, and S. Du, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 050602 (2017).
  • “Cdk5-dependent phosphorylation of liprinα1 mediates neuronal activity-dependent synapse development,” H. Huang, X. Lin, Z. Liang, T. Zhao, S. Du, M. M. T. Loy, K.-O. Lai, A. K. Y. Fu, and N. Y. Ip, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (PNAS) 114, E6992 (2017).
  • “Subnatural-linewidth biphotons from a Doppler-broadened hot atomic vapor cell,” C. Shu, P. Chen, T. K. A. Chow, L. Zhu, Y. Xiao, M. M. T. Loy, and S. Du, Nature Commun. 7, 12783 (2016). 
  • “Multicolor 4D fluorescence microscopy using ultrathin Bessel light sheets,” T. Zhao, S. C. Lau, Y. Wang, Y. Su, H. Wang, A. Cheng, K. Herrup, N. Y. Ip, S. Du, and M. M. T. Loy, Sci. Rep. 6, 26159 (2016).
  • “A user-friendly two-color super-resolution localization microscope,” T. Zhao, Y. Wang, Y. Zhai, X. Qu, A. Cheng, S. Du, and M. M. T. Loy,  Opt. Express 23, 1879 (2015).
  • “Efficiently loading a single photon into a single-sided Fabry-Perot cavity,” C. Liu, Y. Sun, L. Zhao, S. Zhang, M. M. T. Loy, and S. Du, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 133601 (2014). 
  • “Coherent control of single-photon absorption and reemission in a two-level atomic ensemble,” S. Zhang, C. Liu, S. Zhou, C.-S. Chuu, M. M. T. Loy, and S. Du, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 263601 (2012).
  • “Optical precursor of a single photon,” S. Zhang, J. F. Chen, C. Liu, M. M. T. Loy, G. K. L. Wong, and S. Du, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 243602 (2011).
  • “Optical precursors with electromagnetically induced transparency in cold atoms,” D. Wei, J. F. Chen, M. M. T. Loy, G. K. L. Wong, and S. Du, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 093602 (2009).
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