Curriculum Vitae

    Education
     9/2003-4/2009 Northwestern Polytechnical University, Ph.D. in Precise Instrument and Mechanics
     9/2001-3/2004 Northwestern Polytechnical University, M.S. in Optical Engineering

   9/1997-7/2001 Northwestern Polytechnical University, B.S. in Applied Physics

    Employment History
     12/2013- present Western Digital Corporation, Senior Staff Optical Engineer
     1/2011- 11/2013 University of California, Berkeley, Postdoctoral scholar
     5/2009-12/2010 San Francisco State University, Postdoctoral scholar
     5/2006-4/2009 Northwestern Polytechnical University, Lecturer
     4/2004-4/2006 Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), Teaching assistant
     Teaching Experience
      1. Lecturer for Principles of Lasers for undergraduate students (2005-2008)
      2. Lecturer for Modern Optical Measurement Technology for undergraduate students (2005-2007)
      3. Lab Instructor for Modern Optics Laboratory for undergraduate students (2006)

     Research Experience

    1. Optical design of heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR)

A. Developed automatic modeling and postprocessing workflow for designing nanophotonic device system (Importing Solidworks geometry to Multiphysics simulations tools, including CST, Lumerical, and Comsol, and postanalyzing data with Matlab and JMP).

B. Designed and optimized surface plasmon polariton based HAMR head system to efficiently deliver light energy into recording media and manage heat dissipation at nano-scale.

    2. Hybrid nonlinearity

A. Theoretically predict and experimentally demonstrated the concept of hybrid nonlinearity (coexistence of self-focusing and -defocusing).

B. Proposed and demonstrated series of nonlinear light dynamics under hybrid nonlinearity in both continuum and discrete regimes, including spatial solitons, optical vortices, and lattice solitons.

    3. Ionic-type periodic photonic structure

A. Introduced the concept of “ionic-type periodic photonic structure” with both positive and negative potentials and established a Geometrical Structure Factor for such lattices.

B. Proposed and demonstrated bandgap engineering with optically induced lattices.

C. Proposed and demonstrated optical control over normal and anomalous diffraction, positive and negative refraction, and optical Bloch modes in reconfigurable photonic lattices.

    4. Three-dimensional photonic lattice

A. Experimentally demonstrated reconfigurable three-dimensional photonic lattices with optical induction method.

B. Experimentally demonstrated enhanced discrete diffraction, coherent destructive tunneling, anomalous diffraction, negative refraction, as well as image transmission in such 3D lattices.

    5. Refractive index engineering in nonlinear crystals

A. Proposed and experimentally demonstrated visualizations of the light-induced refractive index changes in nonlinear crystals by using digital holography.

B. Systemically studied the light-induced index changes in nonlinear crystals, including the relationship between the index change and time, intensity profile, as well as transverse beam shape.

C. Proposed and demonstrated a method to obtain desired distribution of light-induced index changes by solving the reversed problem of nonlinear index changes.

    6. Light-induced 3D light circuits

A. Systematically studied laser micromachining, spatial optical solitons, and various structure-light illumination techniques for fabrication of variety of optical waveguides and waveguide arrays.

B. Proposed a novel optical induction technique by combining laser micromachining, structure-light illumination, and soliton induction methods to build 3D optical circuits.

    7. Self-accelerating beams

A. Theoretically and experimentally demonstrated both linear and nonlinear nonparaaxial accelerating beams as exact solutions of Helmholtz equation, including Mathieu and Weber accelerating beams.

B. Experimentally demonstrated the generation and dynamic trajectory control of plasmonic Airy beams on a two-dimensional metal surface.

C. Theoretically and experimentally demonstrated both linear and nonlinear control of Airy beams.

D. Experimentally demonstrated abruptly focusing beams and optical bottles with circular Airy beams.
E. Experimentally demonstrated self-accelerating Bessel and vortex beams along arbitrary trajectories.

     8. Optical tweezers with novel light beams

A. Proposed and experimentally demonstrated the generation and nonlinear self-trapping of optical propellers with Moiré technique.

B. Invented Moiré-based rotating optical tweezers for micro-particles and bacteria.

C. Proposed and demonstrated manipulation of absorbing particles in air with single optical bottle beams generated by Moiré technique.

D. Experimentally demonstrated micro-particle guiding with abruptly focusing Airy beams.
      Selected Publications
1. Peng Zhang, Tongcang Li, Jie Zhu, Xuefeng Zhu, Sui Yang, Yuan Wang, Xiaobo Yin, Xiang Zhang. Generation of acoustic self-bending and bottle beams by phase engineering. Nature Communications 2014  5: 4316. (Featured by Science Daily, LBL News, and R&D Magazine etc.) 
2. Peng Zhang, Yi Hu, Tongcang Li, Drake Cannan, Xiaobo Yin, Roberto Morandotti, Zhigang Chen, Xiang Zhang. Nonparaxial Mathieu and Weber accelerating beams. Physical Review Letters 2012, 109(19): 193901. (Featured as Cover story, Editor's Suggestion, and highlighted in Nature Photonics, Physics, OPN, Physics World, and Laser Focus World) (see also: arXiv: 1210.6302).
3. Peng Zhang, Daniel Hernandez, Drake Cannan, Yi Hu, Shima Fardad, Simon Huang, Joseph C. Chen, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Zhigang Chen. Rotating beads and bacteria with moiré-based optical tweezers. December special issue Optics and Photonics News (Optics in 2012) 2012, 23(12): 46.
4. Peng Zhang, Daniel Hernandez, Drake Cannan, Yi Hu, Shima Fardad, Simon Huang, Joseph C. Chen, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Zhigang Chen. Trapping and rotating microparticles and bacteria with Moiré-based optical propelling beams. Biomedical Optics Express 2012, 3(8): 1891-1897.
5. Peng Zhang, Yi Hu, Drake Cannan, Alessandro Salandrino, Tongcang Li, Roberto Morandotti, Xiang Zhang, and Zhigang Chen. Generation of linear and nonlinear nonparaxial accelerating beams. Optics Letters 2012, 37(14): 2820-2822.
6. Peng Zhang, Nikolaos K. Efremidis, Alexandra Miller, Peigen Ni, and Zhigang Chen. Reconfigurable 3D photonic lattices by optical induction for optical control of beam propagation. Applied Physics B 2011, 104(3): 553-560. (Invited paper)
7. Peng Zhang, Sheng Wang, Yongmin Liu, Xiaobo Yin, Changgui Lu, Zhigang Chen, and Xiang Zhang. Plasmonic Airy beams with dynamically controlled trajectories. Optics Letters 2011, 36(16): 3191-3193. (Featured by OSA News, LBL News, OPN, Laser Focus World, and New Scientist)
8. Peng Zhang, Jai Prakash, Ze Zhang, Matthew S. Mills, Nikolaos K. Efremidis, Demetrios N. Christodoulides and Zhigang Chen. Trapping and guiding micro-particles with morphing auto-focusing Airy beams. Optics Letters 2011, 36(15): 2883-2885.
9. Peng Zhang, Ze Zhang, Jai Prakash, Simon Huang, Daniel Hernandez, Matthew Salazar, Demetrios N. Christodoulides and Zhigang Chen. Trapping and transporting aerosols with a single optical bottle beam generated by Moiré techniques. Optics Letters 2011, 36(8): 1491-1493.
10. Peng Zhang, Nikolaos K. Efremidis, Alexandra Miller, Yi Hu, and Zhigang Chen. Observation of coherent destruction of tunneling and unusual beam dynamics due to negative coupling in three-dimensional photonic lattices. Optics Letters 2010, 35(19): 3252-3254.
11. Peng Zhang, Simon Huang, Yi Hu, Daniel Hernandez, and Zhigang Chen. Generation and nonlinear self-trapping of optical propelling beams. Optics Letters 2010, 35(18): 3129-3131. (Cover story)
12. Peng Zhang, Cibo Lou, Sheng Liu, Fajun Xiao, Xiaosheng Wang, Jianlin Zhao, Jingjun Xu, and Zhigang Chen. Incomplete Brillouin zone spectra and controlled Bragg reflection with ionic-type photonic lattices. Phys. Rev. A Rapid Communication 2010, 81(4): 041801(R).
13. Peng Zhang, Cibo Lou, Sheng Liu, Jianlin Zhao, Jingjun Xu, and Zhigang Chen. Tuning of Bloch modes, diffraction and refraction by two-dimensional lattice reconfiguration. Optics Letters 2010, 35(6): 892-894.
14. Peng Zhang, Robert Egger, and Zhigang Chen. Optical induction of three-dimensional photonic lattices and enhancement of discrete diffraction. Optics Express 2009, 17(15): 13151-13156.
15. Peng Zhang, Sheng Liu, Cibo Lou, Yuhan Gao, Jianlin Zhao, Jingjun Xu, and Zhigang Chen. Hybrid nonlinearity supported by nonconventionally biased photorefractive crystal. Applied Physics B 2009, 95(3): 559-563.
16. Peng Zhang, Cibo Lou, Sheng Liu, Fajun Xiao, Jianlin Zhao, Jingjun Xu, and Zhigang Chen. Band-gap engineering and light manipulation with reconfigurable egg-crate photonic lattices. December special issue Optics and Photonics News: Optics in 2008 2008, 19(12): 25.
17. Peng Zhang, Sheng Liu, Jianlin Zhao, Cibo Lou, Jingjun Xu, and Zhigang Chen. Optically induced transition between discrete and gap solitons in a nonconventionally biased photorefractive crystal. Optics Letters 2008, 33(8): 878-880.
18. Peng Zhang, Jianlin Zhao, Fajun Xiao, Cibo Lou, Jingjun Xu, and Zhigang Chen. Elliptical discrete solitons supported by enhanced photorefractive anisotropy. Optics Express 2008, 16(6): 3865-3870.
19. Peng Zhang, Jianlin Zhao, Cibo Lou, Xiaoyu Tan, Yuhan Gao, Qian Liu, Dexing Yang, Jingjun Xu, and Zhigang Chen, Elliptical solitons in nonconventionally biased photorefractive crystals, Optics Express 2007, 15(2): 536-544.
20. Peng Zhang, Yanghua Ma, Jianlin Zhao, Dexing Yang, and Honglai Xu. One-dimensional spatial dark soliton-induced channel waveguides in lithium niobate crystal. Applied Optics. 2006, 45(10): 2273-2278.
21. Peng Zhang, Dexing Yang, Jianlin Zhao, and Meirong Wang. Photo-written waveguides in iron-doped lithium niobate crystal employing binary optical masks. Optical Engineering. 2006, 45(7): 074603.
22. Peng Zhang, Jianlin Zhao, Honglai Xu, Yidong Sun, Dexing Yang, and Meirong Wang. Refractive index changes induced by sheet beams with various intensity distributions in LiNbO3:Fe crystal, Science in China G. 2005, 48(4): 399-412.
23. Peng Zhang, Dexing Yang, Jianlin Zhao, Kun Su, Jianbo Zhou, Bili Li, and Dongsheng Yang. Light-induced array of three-dimensional waveguides in lithium niobate employing two-beam interference field. Chinese Physics Letters. 2004, 21(8): 1558-1561.
24. Peng Zhang, Jianlin Zhao, Dexing Yang, Bili Li, and Dongsheng Yang. Optical masks prepared by using liquid crystal light valve for light-induced photorefractive waveguides. Applied Optics. 2003, 42(20): 4208-4211.
25. Peng Zhang, Jianlin Zhao, Dexing Yang, Bili Li, and Chen Xu. Optically induced photorefractive waveguides in KNSBN:Ce crystal. Optical Materials. 2003, 23(1-2):299-303.      

Patents

1. Near field transducer driven by a transverse electric waveguide for energy assisted magnetic recording. US Patent. Patent No.: US8976635 B1

2. Near field transducer using dielectric waveguide core with fine ridge feature. US Patent. Patent No.: US8953422 B1

3. A test instrument for holographic combiner. Chinese practical new patent. Patent No.: ZL200720126109.5

4. Graded-index bulk glass optical current transducer. Chinese national invention patent. Patent No.: ZL200810017457.8

5. A new type of graded-index bulk glass optical current transducer. Chinese national invention patent. Patent No.: ZL200810017458.2

6. Graded-index bulk glass optical current transducer. Chinese practical new patent. Patent No.: ZL200820028254.5

7. A new type of graded-index bulk glass optical current transducer. Chinese practical new patent. Patent No.: ZL200820028255.9

8. High resolution image recording system for digital holography. Chinese national invention patent. Patent No.: ZL200710018669.3

Grants (as PI)

1. The NPU Foundation for Fundamental Research, 200,000RMB (2007-2009)

2. The Open Foundation of Key Laboratory of Weak-Light Nonlinear Photonics, Ministry of Education,   Nankai University, 20,000RMB (2007-2009)

3. The Doctorate Foundation of NPU, 80,000RMB (2005-2008)

4. The Youth for NPU Teachers Scientific and Technological Innovation Foundation 20,000RMB (2004-2006)

5. The Postgraduate Seeds Foundation of NPU, 10,000RMB (2003-2004)

Awards

1. Nomination award of national excellent doctorate dissertation of China (2011)

2. Second Class Award for Science and Technology of Shaanxi Province (2008)

3. First Class Award for Science and Technology of Colleges and University of Shaanxi Province (2007)

4. The prize for the best poster of the Sino-German DAAD Summer School “Frontiers in Optics: from Nonlinear to Extreme Optics” (2007)

5. Advisor of excellent Bachelor’s thesis of NPU (2007)

6. First class Master’s thesis award of NPU (2004)

7. First class Bachelor’s thesis award of NPU (2001)

Selected Other Hornors

1. Pacemaker to Outstanding Graduate Students in NPU (2005)

2. Excellent Graduate Student for Scientific and Technological Research of School of Science in NPU, 2005

3. Excellent Student Leader of NPU (1999) and All-Round Excellent Student of NPU (2000)

4. Man’s Team Champion in Shaanxi Provincial Young College Teacher Championship (2004)

5. Man’s Team Third Place Holder in Shaanxi Provincial Table Tennis College Student Championship (2003)

6. Man’s Singles Champion in Graduate Student Table Tennis Championship of NPU (2002)

7. Man’s Singles Champion in “Sanhang Cup” Table Tennis Championship of NPU (2000, 2001)

Other Activities

1. Session Chair of CLEO 2013, Materials Research Society (MRS) 2013 Spring meeting, Optical Society of America (OSA) 93rd and 95th Annual meeting (Frontiers in Optics).

2. Member of APS, OSA, SPIE, MRS, and Chinese Optical Society (COS).

3. Referee for international journals, books and awards, including Phys. Rev. Lett., Phys. Rev. A, Phys. Rev. B, Phys. Rev. E, Opt. Lett., Opt. Express, New J. Phys., Electron. Lett., JOSA B, J. Lightwave Technol., Appl. Opt., Opt. Eng., J. Opt., Opt. Commun., Appl. Phys. A, Appl. Phys. B, J. Phys.B, J. Phys. D, and Chin. Opt. Lett.

4. President of Table Tennis Student Association of NPU (1999-2000).

5. Participated National Table Tennis College Student Championship in China (1999, 2000).

 
 
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