Hui Cao is the John C. Malone Professor of Applied Physics and of Physics at Yale University. Cao focuses on understanding and controlling light transport, scattering, absorption and amplification in complex photonic nanostructures for a wide range of applications. Her research bridges mesoscopic physics, nonlinear dynamics, laser physics, nanophotonics and biophotonics. Her work involves nanofabtrication, material characterization, optical measurement with high spatial, spectral and temporal resolution, and numerical modeling.
Her technical interests and activities are in the areas of mesoscopic physics, complex photonic materials and devices, nanophotonics, and biophotonics. Her research goal is to understand and control light propagation, scattering, absorption and lasing in complex photonic nanostructures for a wide range of applications.