Weiping Zhang

Associate Fellow

Associate Director of Division of Quantum Physics

Professor of School of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Email: wpz@sjtu.edu.cn
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PhD, Shanghai Institute of Optics and FineMechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1989; MSc, Anhui Institute of Opticsand Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1986; BSc, Anhui NormalUniversity, Anhui, 1983.


2016-date, Zhiyuan Chair Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China;
2005-2016, Distinguished Professor, Changjiang Scholar Chair Professor, East China Normal University, China;
2003-2004, BaiRen Chair Professor,Tsinghua University, China;
2001-2003, Associate/Assistant Research Professor,  University of Arizona, Tucson, USA;
1993-2000, Lecturer/ARC Fellow, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia;
1989-1992, UGC Postdoctoral Fellow,University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand


Main Contribution

Weiping Zhang made seminal contributions in quantum optics and atom optics. He published over 160 peer-reviewed papers including 28 Physical Review Letters (PRL), 1 Nature Communications and 1 book. In the early 1990's, when the Bose-Einstein condensation in laser-cooled atomic gases still seemed to be a distant experimental goal, Zhang was amongst the first to realize the raising importance of quantum statistics in laser cooling atoms to ultralow temperatures, and pioneered the theory of atom-light interaction in ultracold regime. Based on this, he recognized that atomic collisions play in atom optics a role similar to that of a nonlinear medium in optics, thereby developing nonlinear atom optics. This opened up a completely new direction of research, which witnessed its successive experimental successes. After the realization of atomic Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), Zhang had an insight into a new opportunity how to ascertain the superfluidity of an atomic BEC with optical methods. He first proposed to employ laser beams to stir a BEC by Raman transition, thereby pioneering work on laser creation of atomic vortices in BEC. Recently, Zhang led his team for the first time to demonstrate the idea for quantum noise reduction in quantum measurement with quantum entanglement techniques, and to realize a new-type optical interferometry for quantum metrology. Professor Zhang has been playing a leading role in serving to international and China optics communities. He is the Divisional Associate Editor of PRL, and Vice President of Quantum Optics Society of China. He recieved Yutai Rao Prize from Chinese Physical Society, and Outstanding Referee award from American Physical Society.


Selected Publications   

  • B. Chen, C. Qiu, S. Chen, J. Guo, L. Q. Chen, Z. Y. Ou and Weiping Zhang, “Atom-light hybrid interferometer”, Physical Review Letters, Vol. 115, 043602 (2015).
  • F. Hudelist, J. Kong, C. Liu, Jietai Jing, Z. Y. Ou and Weiping Zhang, “Quantum metrology with parametric amplifier based photon correlation interferometers”, Nature Communications, Vol. 5, 3049 (2014).
  • J. Kong, F. Hudelist, Z. Y. Ou, and Weiping Zhang, “Cancellation of internal quantum noise of an amplifier by quantum correlation”, Physical Review Letters, Vol.111, 033608 (2013).
  • Karl-Peter Marzlin, Weiping Zhang and E. M. Wright, “Vortex coupler for atomic
  • Bose-Einstein condensates”,  Physical Review Letters, Vol.79, 4728 (1997).
  • Weiping Zhang, D. F. Walls and B. C. Sanders, “Atomic soliton in a traveling wave laser beam”,  Physical Review Letters,Vol. 72, 60 (1994).



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