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Professor YAO, Wang

Professor YAO, Wang

Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, HKU

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

  • 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; valleytronics and spintronics


Research Interest

  • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Optical Physics


    Representative Publications

    • "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)
    • “Excitonic luminescence upconversion in a two-dimensional semiconductor”, A. Jones, Hongyi Yu, J. Schaibley, J. Yan, D. Mandrus, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, H. Dery, W. Yao and X. Xu, Nature Physics12, 323 (2016)
    • "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)
    • “Magnetic control of valley pseudospin in monolayer WSe2”, G. Aivazian, Z.R. Gong, A. Jones, R. Chu, J. Yan, D. Mandrus, C. Zhang, D. Cobden, W. Yao and X. Xu, Nature Physics11, 148 (2015)
    • “Nonlinear valley and spin currents from Fermi pocket anisotropy in 2D crystals”, H.Y. Yu, Y. Wu, G.B. Liu, X.D. Xu and W. YaoPhys. Rev. Lett. 113, 156603 (2014) 
    • “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)
    • Spins and pseudospins in layered transition metal dichalcogenides, X. Xu, W. Yao, D. Xiao and T. F. Heinz, Nature Physics10, 343 (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

    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