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Mo Li

  • Associate Professor

Mo Li joins UW with a joint position in electrical and computer engineering and the physics department in 2018. Previously, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, where he joined the faculty in 2010. From 2007 to 2010, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Caltech in 2007, B.S. degree in Physics from USTC in 2001. His distinctions include an NSF CAREER Award in 2014, McKnight Land-Grant Professorship in 2013 and AFOSR Young Investigator Award in 2012.

Representative Publications

  • Changming Wu, Heshan Yu, Huan Li, Xiaohang Zhang, Ichiro Takeuchi, Mo Li, "Low-loss integrated photonic switch using sub-wavelength patterned phase change material", ACS Photonics, Article ASAP (2018) [ Link ]
  • Che Chen, Daniel Mohr, Han-Kyu Choi, Daehan Yoo, Mo Li, Sang-Hyun Oh, "Waveguide-Integrated Compact Plasmonic Resonators for On-Chip Mid-Infrared Laser Spectroscopy", Nano Letters 18, 7601 (2018) [ Link ]
  • Jun-Yang Chen, Li He, Jian-Ping Wang, Mo Li, "All-optical switching of magnetic tunnel junctions with single sub-picosecond laser pulses", Physical Review Applied 7, 021001 (2017) [ Link ]
  • Siyuan Luo, Li He, Mo Li, "Spin-momentum locked interaction between guided photons and surface electrons in topological insulators", Nature Communications 8, 2141 (2017) [ Link ]
  • Li He, Huan Li, Mo Li, "Optomechanical measurement of photon spin angular momentum and optical torque in integrated photonic devices”, Science Advances 2, e1600485 (2016) [ Link ]
  • Nathan Youngblood, Che Chen, Steven J. Koester, and Mo Li, “Waveguide-integrated black phosphorus photodetector with high responsivity and low dark current”, Nature Photonics 9, 247-252(2015) [ Link ]
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  • Ph.D. Applied Physics, 2007
    California Institute of Technology
  • M.S. Physics , 2003
    University of California, San Diego
  • B.S. Physics, 2001
    University of Science and Technology of China