Nan Yu


Education: 
  • Ph.D, University of Arizona, 1988
    • Thesis Advisor: Professor William H. Wing
    • Thesis Title: The Infrared Spectrum of Molecular Ion3He4He+
  • M.S., University of Arizona, 1985
  • B.S., Nanjing Institute of Technology, P. R. China, 1982

Research Interests: 
  • Atomic frequency standards and clocks: trapped atom/ion microwave and optical frequency standards and their applications
  • Quantum Sensors: atom interferometer inertial sensors and their applications in geodesy, gravity mapping, planetary science, and fundamental physics
  • Microwave Photonics: Microwave oscillators and signal processing using photonic, especially micro resonator and fiber based, techniques
  • Lasers and laser metrology: development of narrow lasers, low jitter mode-locked lasers, frequency combs, and related precision sensing and measurements
  • Basic physics research in atomic molecular and optical physics: precision measurements and quantum optics

Professional Experience: 

PRESENT POSITIONS

  • Technical Group Supervisor, 2006 – Present
    Principal Member Technical Staff
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    California Institute of Technology
     
  • Adjunct Professor of Physics, 2011 – Present
    Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Southern California
     
  • Lecturer in Applied Physics, 2010 - present
    Division of Engineering and Applied Science
    California Institute of Technology

PREVIOUS POSITIONS:

  • Senior Member Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Lab, 1998 – 2004.
  • Research Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Physics Department 1994 - 1998.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Washington, Department of Physics 1988 - 1994.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Arizona Research Laboratories, Laser Ion-Beam Lab, University of Arizona, Department of Physics and Optical Sciences Center 1983 - 1987.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Arizona Research Laboratories, Atomic Time-of-Flight Lab, University of Arizona, Physics Department 1982 - 1983.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • California Institute of Technology – Modern Optics Demo Lecture and Labs
  • University of Washington – Mechanics
  • University of Arizona – Introductory Physics Labs

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • American Geological Society (AGU)

 


Selected Awards: 

HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • NASA Group Achievement Award, 2006
  • JPL Spot Award, 2005
  • NASA TechBrief Certificates of Recognition (2002 – 2006)

NEW TECHNOLOGY REPORTS AND PATENTS:

  • “Whispering Gallery Mode Opto-Mechanical Sensor,” Provisional patent, CIT-5443-P3, Filed: 1/6/2011.
  • “Miniature Hyperspectral Fourier Transform Laser Spectrometer,” Provisional patent, CIT File No.: CIT-5571-P, filed: 6/15/2010.
  • “Miniature Trace Gas Detector Based on Microfabricated Optical Resonators,” Provisional patent, CIT File No.: CIT-5599-P, filed: 6/15/2010.
  • “Differential Temperature Sensor Systems And Method,” US Patent No. 7,665,891 - issued February 23, 2010.
  • “Optical Sensing Based On Overlapping Optical Modes In Optical Resonator Sensors And Interferometric Sensors,” PCT/US2009/039559, US 20090251705A1, filed April 2009, pending.
  • “Atomic Clock based on the Opto-Electronic Oscillator” U.S. Patent No. 6,762,869 Issued: 7/13/04.
  • “Temperature measurement and stabilization in a birefringent whispering gallery resonator,” JPL/Caltech NTR # 48222, May, 2011.
  • “Optical phase recovery and locking in a pulse-position-modulated laser communication link,” JPL/Caltech NTR # 47994, May 2011.
  • “Optical comb from a whispering gallery mode resonator for spectroscopy and astronomy instruments calibration,” JPL/Caltech NTR # 48135, April 2011.
  • “Miniature Trace Gas Detector Based on Microfabricated Optical Resonators,” JPL/Caltech NTR-47173, 09-MAR-10.
  • “Generation of octave-spanning optical frequency comb in micro whispering gallery mode resonators,” JPL?Caltech NTR-47540, 8-MAR-10.
  • “Miniature Hyperspectral Fourier Transform Laser Spectrometer,” JPL/Caltech NTR-47551, 04-MAR-10.
  • “Laser Frequency Stabilization Subsystem,” JPL/Caletch NTR-47587, 23-MAR-10.
  • “Sub shot noise power source for microelectronics,” JPL/Caltech NTR-47949, 1-DEC-10.
  • “Optical sidebands multiplier,” JPL/Caltech NTR-47322, 01-OCT-09.
  • “Gravitational wave detection with single-laser atom interferometers,” JPL/Caltech NTR-47334, 01-OCT-09.
  • “Precision fiber delay line length measurement by a passive mode-locked laser,” JPL/Caltech NTR #45891, Mar. 2008.
  • “Thermal baseline reduction and elimination in optical resonator and interferometric sensors by differential frequency measurement of overlapping modes,” JPL/Caltech NTR #45941, Mar. 2008.
  • “Generation of optical combs in a whispering gallery mode resonator from a bichromatic pump,” JPL/Caltech NTR #46253, Jul. 2008.
  • “A Transportable Gravity Gradiometer Based on Atom Interferometry,” JPL/Caltech NTR #46280, Jul. 2008.
  • “Optical modification of the Casimir forces,” JPL/Caletch NTR #46672, Nov. 2008.
  • “Whispering gallery mode opto-mechanical sensor,” JPL/Caltech NTR-47114, 21-JUL-09.
  • “Optical injection locking of a VCSEL as a way to prevent the wavelength tuning in the OEO configuration,” JPL/Caltech NTR # 43454, Jan. 2007.
  • “Phase matching of various modes in whispering gallery mode resonator,” JPL/Caltech NTR #45120, Oct. 2007.
  • “WGM resonator based microwave-to-optic convertor,” JPL/Caltech NTR #25121, Oct. 2007.
  • “Wide-Band Photonic Receiver,” JPL/Caltech NTR #45313, Oct. 2007.
  • “Efficient coupler for Bessel-beam dispersive element,” JPL/Caltech NTR #45440, Nov. 2007.
  • “Double-resonant THz receiver,” JPL/Caltech NTR #45508, Nov. 2007.
  • “Bimetallic thermal compensator for temperature-related frequency drift of optical whispering gallery resonator,” JPL/Caltech NTR #44441, Dec. 2006.
  • “Differential temperature sensor based on whispering gallery mode resonator,” JPL/Caltech NTR # 44469, Dec. 2006.
  • “High precision atomic reference for acceleration measurement,” N. Yu and L. Maleki, JPL NTR No. 43776, April, 2006.
  • “Nonlinear element for thermal assisted frequency compensation for optical whispering gallery resonator,” JPL/Caltech NTR# 44567, Dec. 2006.
  • “Self-locking of vertical cavity surface emitting lasers in atomic-referenced optoelectronic oscillators,” D. Strekalov, N. Yu, etc al., JPL NTR No. 43751, April, 2006.
  • “Optical injection locking of a VCSEL as a way to prevent the wavelength tuning in the OEO configuration,” D. Strekalov, N. Yu, etc al., JPL NTR No. 43454, Jan, 2006.
  • “Frequency stabilization of the coupled optelectronic oscillator by stabilizing its optical frequency,” N. Yu, et al. JPL NTR No. 43026, September, 2005.
  • “Opto-Electronic Oscillator Design Using Optical Phase Modulation and Modulation Suppression,” J. Dick and N. Yu, JPL NTR No. 42815, January, 2006.
  • “Atom wave interferometer on a chip” A. C. Aveline, N. Lindland, J. Kohel, R. Thompson, N. Yu, and L. Maleki, JPL NTR No. 40800, Nov. 03.
  • “A High-Capacity Miniature Laboratory System For In-situ Sample Analysis” Y. Lin and N. Yu, JPL NTR No. 40281, March 2003.
  • “Measuring Gravitation Using Polarization Spectroscopy” A. Mastko, N. Yu and L. Maleki, JPL NTR No. 30715, Oct. 2002.
  • “Laser cooling, atomic and optical physics simulation code for engineering applications” J. Ramirez-Serrano, J. M. Kohel, Rob Thompson, Nan Yu, Nathan Lundblad, JPL NTR No. 30595, 2002.
  • “Laboratory Apparatus Generates Dual-Species Cold Atomic Beam,” J. Kohel; N. Lundblad, D. C. Aveline, R. J. Thompson, J. Ramirez-Serrano, W. M. Klipstein, D. G. Enzer, N. Yu, Lute Maleki, JPL NTR No. 30396, Oct. 2001.

Selected Publications: 
  1. “Temperature measurement and stabilization in a birefringent whispering gallery resonator,” D.V. Strekalov, R.J. Thompson, L.M. Baumgartel, I.S. Grudinin, and N. Yu, arXiv:1105.6350; Opt. Express. Vol. 19, No. 15, p14495 (2011).
  2. “Reply to ‘Comment on 'Modal expansion approach to optical-frequency-comb generation with monolithic whispering-gallery-mode resonators,' " Y. K. Chembo and N. Yu, PHYSICAL REVIEW A Volume: 84, Article Number: 017802 (2011).
  3. “Gravitational wave detection with single-laser atom interferometers ,” N. Yu and M. Tinto, General Relativity And Gravitation, V. 43 Issue: 7 Special Issue: Sp. Iss. SI Pages: 1943-1952 (2011); arXiv:1003.4218v1 [gr-qc] 22 Mar 2010.
  4. “Modal expansion approach to optical-frequency-comb generation with monolithic whispering-gallery-mode resonators,” Y. K. Chembo and N. Yu, Phys. Rev. A Volume: 82, Article Number: 033801 (2010).
  5. “On the generation of octave-spanning optical frequency combs using monolithic whispering-gallery-mode microresonators,” Y. K. Chembo and N. Yu, Opt. Lett., Volume: 35 Pages: 2696-2698 (2010).
  6. “Spectrum and Dynamics of Optical Frequency Combs Generated with Monolithic Whispering Gallery Mode Resonators,” Yanne K. Chembo, Dmitry V. Strekalov, and Nan Yu, Phys. Rev. Lett., 104, 103902 (2010).
  7. “Generation of optical combs in a whispering gallery mode resonator from a bichromatic pump,” D. V. Strekalov and N. Yu, Phys. Rev. A Volume: 79, Article Number: 041805 (2009).
  8. “Generation of optical frequency combs with a CaF2 resonator,” I. S. Grudinin, N. Yu and L. Maleki, Opt. Lett. Volume: 34, Pages: 878-880 (2009).
  9. “Efficient upconversion of subterahertz radiation in a high-Q whispering gallery resonator,” D. V. Strekalov, A. A. Savchenkov, A. B. Matsko, N. Yu, Opt. Lett. Volume: 34, Pages: 713-715, (2009).
  10. “Odyssey: a solar system mission,” B. Christophe, et al., Experimental Astronomy, Volume: 23, Pages: 529-547 (2009).
  11. “Matter wave explorer of gravity (MWXG),” W. Ertmer, et al, Experimental Astronomy, Volume: 23 Pages: 611-649 (2009).
  12. “Towards counting microwave photons at room temperature,” Strekalov DV, Savchenkov AA, Matsko AB, et al., Laser Physics Letters, Volume: 6 Pages: 129-134 (2009).
  13. “Optical resonant sensors: a method to reduce the effect of thermal drift,” Thanh Le, Anatoliy Savchenkov, Nan Yu, Lute Maleki, and W. H. Steier, Appl. Optics, Volume: 48, Pages: 458-463 (2009).
  14. “Sensitivity of terahertz photonic receivers,” A. B. Matsko, D. V. Strekalov and N. Yu, Phys. Rev. A, 77, 043812 (2008).
  15. “Whispering gallery mode resonators as frequency references I: fundamental limitations,” Andrey B. Matsko, Anatoliy A. Savchenkov, Nan Yu, and Lute Maleki, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B., Vol. 24, No. 6 (June 2007).
  16. “Space-based research in fundamental physics and quantum technologies,” S. G. Turyshev, et al., International Journal Of Modern Physics D, Volume: 16, Pages: 1879-1925 (2007).
  17. “Whispering-gallery-mode resonators as frequency references. II. Stabilization,” Anatoliy A. Savchenkov, Andrey B. Matsko, Vladimir S. Ilchenko, Nan Yu, and Lute Maleki, Journal of The Optical Society Of America B-Optical Physics Volume: 24, Pages: 2988-2997 (2007).
  18. “Electromagnetically induced transparency with a partially standing drive field,” D. V. Strekalov, A. B. Matsko, and N. Yu, Phys. Rev. A, Volume: 76, Article Number: 053828 (2007).
  19. “Longitudinal coherence in cold atom interferometry,” J. R. Kellogg, N. Yu, and J. M. Kohel. Journal Of Modern Optics, Volume: 54, Pages: 2533-2540 (2007).
  20. “Whispering-gallery-mode resonators as frequency references. I. Fundamental limitations,” Andrey B. Matsko, Anatoliy A. Savchenkov, Nan Yu, and Lute Maleki, Journal Of The Optical Society Of America B-Optical Physics, Volume: 24, Pages: 1324-1335 (2007).
  21. “An ultralow phase noise coupled optoelectronic oscillator,” E. Salik, N. Yu, and L. Maleki, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, Volume: 19, Pages: 444-446 (2007).
  22. “Application of vertical cavity surface emitting lasers in self-oscillating atomic clocks,” Dmitry Strekalova; Andrey B. Matskoa; Nan Yua; Anatoliy A. Savchenkova; Lute Maleki, Journal Of Modern Optics, Volume: 53, Pages: 2469-2484 (2006).
  23. “Translational invariance of gravitational wave atom interferometers,” E. D'Ambrosio, L. Maleki, and N. Yu, Phys. Rev. D, Volume: 76 Article Number: 122001 (2007).
  24. “Development of a Quantum Gravity Gradiometer for Gravity Measurement from Space,” Nan Yu, James M. Kohel, James R. Kellogg, and Lute Maleki, J. Appl. Phys. B. (2006).
  25. “Multistage two-dimensional magneto-optical trap as a compact cold atom beam source,” Jaime Ramirez-Serrano, Nan Yu, James M. Kohel, James R. Kellogg, Lute Maleki, Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 6, pp. 682-684 (2006).
  26. “Flicker noise in high-speed p-i-n photodiodes,” Rubiola E, Salik E, Yu N, et al. IEEE Transactions On Microwave Theory And Techniques 54 (2): 816-820 (2006).
  27. “Ultralow-noise mode-locked laser with coupled optoelectronic oscillator configuration,” Nan Yu, Ertan Salik, Lute Maleki, Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 10, pp. 1231-1233 (2005).
  28. “Photonic-delay technique for phase-noise measurement of microwave oscillators,” Enrico Rubiola, Ertan Salik, Shouhua Huang, Nan Yu, and Lute Maleki, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, Vol. 22, No. 5, p987 (2005).
  29. “Influence of inhomogeneous broadening on group velocity in coherently pumped atomic vapour,” Strekalov D, Matsko AB, Yu N, Maleki L, J. Mod. Opt. 51 (16-18): 2571-2578 (2004).
  30. “Observation of light dragging in a rubidium vapor cell,” D. Strekalov, A. B. Matsko, N. Yu, and L. Maleki, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93 (2): Art. No. 023601 (2004).
  31. “A two-species cold atomic beam,” J. Kohel; N. Lundblad, D. C. Aveline, R. J. Thompson, J. Ramirez-Serrano, W. M. Klipstein, D. G. Enzer, N. Yu, Lute Maleki, JOSA B, Volume 21, Issue 1, 3-6, January 2004.
  32. “Stabilized opto-electronic microwave oscillator with photonic filter,” Dmitry Strekalov, David Aveline, Nan Yu, Robert Thompson, Andrey B. Matsko, and Lute Maleki, Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 21, Issue 12, pp. 3052- (2003).
  33. “Phase noise measurements of low power signals,” E. Rubiola, E. Salik, N. Yu, and L. Maleki, Electron Lett 39 (19): 1389-1390 SEP 18 (2003).
  34. “Gravity field measurements using cold atoms with direct optical readout,” A. B. Matsko, N. Yu, L. Maleki, PHYS REV A 67, art. no. 043819 (2003).
  35. “Lifetime Measurements of the 4f145d Metastable States in Single Ytterbium Ions” Nan Yu and Lute Maleki, Phys. Rev. A 6102, 2507 (2000).
  36. "Radiative Lifetime Measurement of the Ba+ Metastable D3/2 State' N. Yu, W. Nagourney, and H. Dehmelt, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4898 (1997).
  37. "Paul-Straubel-Kingdon Reservoir and Trap for True Zero-Point Confinement of Individual Ion' H. Dehmelt and Nan Yu, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 94, 10031 (1997).
  38. "Excitation Transfer Spectroscopy with Two Metastable 138Ba+ Ions in Same Trap' H. Dehmelt, X. Zhao, N. Yu, and W. Nagourney, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 93, 6861 (1996).
  39. "Practical Positron Catching in a Penning Trap' H. Dehmelt, S. Lamoreaux, R. Mittleman, N. Yu, R. VanDyck, and P. Schwinberg, Intl. J. Mass Spectr. Ion Proc. 148, L25, (1995).
  40. "Isotope-Shift Measurement of the 62S1/2-2D5/2 Transition in Ba+' X. Zhao, Nan Yu, H. Dehmelt, and W. Nagourney, Phys. Rev. A 51, 4483 (1995).
  41. "Analysis of Paul-Straubel Trap and Its Variations' Nan Yu and W. Nagourney, J. Appl. Phys. 77, 3623 (1995).
  42. "Stark Shift of a Single Barium Ion and Potential Application to Zero-Point Confinement in a rf Trap' Nan Yu, X. Zhao, H. Dehmelt, and W. Nagourney, Phys. Rev. A. 50, 2738 (1994).
  43. "Noise-Free Parametric Energy Multiplication for Frequency Measurements of an Anharmonic Mono-Ion Oscillator" Nan Yu, H. Dehmelt, and W. Nagourney, J. Appl. Phys. 73, 8650 (1993).
  44. "The 31S0-33P0 Transition in the Aluminum Isotope Ion 26Al+: A Potentially Superior Passive Laser Frequency Standard and Spectrum Analyzer" Nan Yu, H. Dehmelt, and W. Nagourney, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 89, 7289 (1992).
  45. "Demonstration of New Paul-Straubel Trap for Trapping Single Ions' Nan Yu, W. Nagourney, and H. Dehmelt, J. Appl. Phys. 69, 3779 (1991).
  46. "High Resolution Ba+ Monoion Spectroscopy with Frequency Stabilized Color-Center Laser' W. Nagourney, Nan Yu, and H. Dehmelt, Opt. Commun. 79, 176 (1990).
  47. "Trapped Individual Ion at Absolute Zero Temperature' Nan Yu, W. Nagourney, and H. Dehmelt, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 86, 5671 (1989).
  48. "Miniature Paul-Straubel Ion Trap with Well Defined Potential Well' Nan Yu, H. Dehmelt, and W. Nagourney, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 86, 5672 (1989).
  49. "The 61S0 - 63P0 Transition in Thallium Isotope Ion 204Tl+: A Superior Atomic Clock' H. Dehmelt, Nan Yu, and W. Nagourney, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 86, 3938 (1989).
  50. "Numerical Multiconfiguration Self-Consistent-Field Study of the Hyperfine Structure in the Infrared Spectrum of 3He4He+' Nan Yu and L. Adamowicz, J. Chem. Phys. 90, 4392 (1989).
  51. "Hyperfine Structure in the Infrared Spectrum of 3He4He+' Nan Yu, W. H. Wing, and L. H. Adamowicz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 62, 253 (1989).
  52. "Observation of Infrared Spectrum of Molecular Ion 3He4He+' Nan Yu and W. H. Wing, Phys. Rev. Lett. 59, 2055 (1987).
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