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Professor YAO, Wang

Professor YAO, Wang

Professor: Chair of Physics, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, HKU

B.S. Peking; Ph.D. Calif; FAPS

  • 2219 4809
  • 2559 9152
  • Room 529, CYM Physics Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Current Research

  • Two-dimensional materials and their van der Waals heterostructure
  • Moiré superlattice physics
  • Valleytronics and spintronics


Research Interest

  • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Optical Physics


    Representative Publications

    • "Luminescence Anomaly of Dipolar Valley Excitons in Homobilayer Semiconductor Moiré Superlattices", Hongyi Yu and Wang Yao, Phys. Rev. X, 11, 38 (2021)
    • "Layer Pseudospin Dynamics and Genuine Non-Abelian Berry Phase in Inhomogeneously Strained Moiré Pattern", Dawei Zhai and Wang Yao, Phys. Rev. Lett., 125, 266404 (2020)
    • "Signatures of moiré-trapped valley excitons in MoSe2/WSe2 heterobilayers", K. Seyler, P. Rivera, H. Yu, N. Wilson, E. Ray, D. Mandrus, J. Yan, W. Yao, X. Xu, Nature, 567, 66 (2019)
    • "Gate tuning from exciton superfluid to quantum anomalous Hall in van der Waals heterobilayer", Qizhong Zhu, Wei-Yuan Tu, Qingjun Tong and Wang Yao, Science Advances, 5, eaau6120 (2019)
    • "Moire excitons: from programmable quantum emitter arrays to spin-orbit coupled artificial lattices", Hongyi Yu, Guibin Liu, Jianju Tang, Xiaodong Xu and Wang Yao, Science Advances, 3, e1701696 (2017)
    • "Topological Mosaic in Moiré superlattices of van der Waals heterobilayers", Q. Tong, H. Yu, Q. Zhu, Y. Wang, X. Xu, Wang YaoNature Physics13, 356 (2017)
    • "Anomalous light cones and valley optical selection rules of interlayer excitons in twisted heterobilayers", Hongyi Yu, Y. Wang, Qingjun Tong, X. Xu and Wang YaoPhys. Rev. Lett., 115, 187002 (2015)
    • “Dirac cones and Dirac saddle points of bright excitons in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides”, H.Y. Yu, G.B. Liu, P. Gong, X.D. Xu and W. YaoNature Communications5, 3876 (2014)
    • "Optical generation of excitonic valley coherence in monolayer WSe2", A. Jones, H.Y. Yu, N. Ghimire, S.F. Wu, G. Aivazian, J. Ross, B. Zhao, J.Q. Yan, D. Mandrus, D. Xiao, W. Yao, X.D. Xu, Nature Nanotechnology8, 634 (2013)
    • "Magnetoelectric effects and valley controlled spin quantum gates in transition metal dichalcogenide bilayers", Z.R. Gong, G.B. Liu, H.Y. Yu, D. Xiao, X.D. Cui, X.D. Xu, W. YaoNature Communications4, 2053 (2013)
    • "Coupled Spin and Valley Physics in Monolayers of MoS2 and Other Group-VI Dichalcogenides", D. Xiao, G.B. Liu, W.X. Feng, X.D. Xu and W. YaoPhysical Review Letters108, 196802 (2012)


    Awards and Honours

    2020|Fellow of American Physical Society
    2020|Croucher Senior Research Fellow
    2018, 2019 & 2020|Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics
    2014/15|Outstanding Researcher Award, The University of Hong Kong
    2014|OCPA Achievement in Asia Award (Robert T. Poe Prize)
    2013/14|Research Output Prize (Faculty of Science), The University of Hong Kong
    2013|Croucher Innovation Award
    2012/13|Outstanding Young Researcher Award, The University of Hong Kong