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Dr. Yi received his B.S. in Physics from Peking University in 2012 and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from California Institute of Technology in 2017. He joined University of Virginia in 2018. Dr. Yi’s research is focused on quantum and classical applications of integrated photonics through leveraging optical resonators and optical frequency combs. He also extends his work to many interdisciplinary areas, including quantum optics, astronomy, spectroscopy, microwave photonics and etc.


B.S. Peking University 2012

Ph.D. California Institute of Technology 2017

Research Interests

Integrated Photonics
Quantum Optics
Microwave Photonics
Optical microresonators
Optical frequency combs

Selected Publications

Generation of squeezed quantum microcombs with silicon nitride integrated photonic circuits Optica, 10, 1100 (2023); M. Jahabozorgi, Z. Yang, S. Sun, H. Chen, R. Liu, B. Wang, X. Yi.
A squeezed quantum microcomb on a chip NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 12, 4781 (2021); Z. Yang, M. Jahanbozorgi, D. Jeong, S. Sun, O. Pfister, H. Lee, X. Yi.
Vernier frequency division with dual-microresonator solitons NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 11, 3975 (2020); B. Wang, Z. Yang, X. Zhang, X. Yi.
“Counter-propagating solitons in microresonators” Nature Photonics 11, 560 (2017). Q.F. Yang, X. Yi, K.Y. Yang, K.J. Vahala.
Imaging soliton dynamics in optical microcavities Nature Communications, 9, 3565 (2018). X.Yi, Q.F. Yang, K.Y. Yang, K.J. Vahala.

Courses Taught

ECE 1501: Frontiers in ECE
ECE 3501: Quantum Mechanics for Engineering and Computing
ECE 3103: Solid State Devices
ECE 4501/6501: Optical Quantum Electronics Contact Information Xu Yi Electrical and Computer Engineering Thornton Hall, E220 My Links Yi Photonics Lab


NASA Group Achievement Award 2017
AFOSR YIP Award 2021
NSF CAREER Award 2023