Research Scientists and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Aman Satija

Dr. Li-Ping Yang
Li-Ping Yang received his B.S. degree in Physics in Jun. 2009 at Northeast Normal University, China and completed his Ph.D. in Quantum Optics in Jun 2014 at Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a post-doctoral fellow in Jun. 2014 - Oct. 2016 at Beijing Computational Science Research Center, China. His previous research focuses on quantum coherence in life processes and non-Markovian theory for open quantum systems, specifically the dynamical decoupling theory for defect center spin systems. His current research focuses on exploring the fundamental limits in single-photon detections and the new generation of single-photon detectors.

Dr. Chinmay Khandekar
Dr. Chinmay Khandekar joined this group in May 2018. He completed his PhD in February 2018 at Princeton University. He works on theoretical and computational design problems in nanophotonics and quantum optics. More specifically, he has specialized in thermal-fluctuations-driven (temperature-driven) phenomena in nanoscale systems. They have applications in renewable and energy conversion technologies, nanoscale cooling and heat management, thermometry, and novel light sources. Apart from work, Chinmay enjoys sports, hikes and reading novels.

Dr. Fanglin Bao
Dr. Fanglin Bao received his B.S. degree in Physics in June 2011 and PhD in Optics in June 2016 at Zhejiang University. His previous research focuses on the Casimir effect within an inhomogeneous system, including the renormalization of the Casimir energy, the inhomogeneity-induced correction to the normal Casimir force, and lateral Casimir forces in inhomogeneous systems. My current research interest extends to tensor networks, neural networks and their applications in quantum physics.

Dr. Zhou Li


Vacuum Friction

    We discovered the existence of a singular resonance in moving media that leads to giant enhancement of vacuum fluctuations.

Quantum Pulse Scattering Theory

    We have developed a theoretical framework to understand Fock state pulses interacting with defects in spin systems with long-range interactions.

Single Photon Detectors

    Modeling and design of the next generation of detectors exploiting phase transitions.