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Seeing through Opaque Media

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

This talk is part of the Yale Starlight Science Series.

Time and Location

Tuesday, 03/12/2019
Registration:   6:30-7:00 pm
Talk and Q&A:   7:00-8:30 pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

Free for students and teachers; RMB 60 for others.
Walk-ins are not accepted.
Click HERE to register.
Please email if you have any questions, or call Yale Center Beijing at (10) 5909 0200.

The Event

Prof. Hui CAO, the John C. Malone Professor of Applied Physics and of Physics at Yale University, will shed light on how her research on optics will advance biomedical imaging and share the story of how her interest in “light” have shaped her academic career in physics. She will briefly compare studying physics at Yale vs. other top schools and discuss the role of scientists, universities, businesses, investors and governments in furthering scientific progress in her field.

The audience will hear about her research on “Seeing Through Opaque Media” and its application in imaging into biological tissues and the brain: Almost any object that we see around us is not transparent, e.g., paper, wall paint, cloud, fog. They look opaque not because light is absorbed but because light is scattered back. Optical scattering is the main obstacle for imaging deep into biological issues and brain. Recent experimental advances show it is possible to overcome light scattering, opening the possibility of seeing through opaque media.

This talk is aimed at high school, undergraduate and graduate students (and their families) who are interested in pursuing the study of sciences in the U.S. Investors in healthcare and medicine may also find this talk to be of interest. All are welcome.


The language of the event will be English, with simultaneous translation into Chinese.

The Speaker

Hui Cao
John C. Malone Professor of Applied Physics and of Physics, Department of Physics, Yale University

Hui Cao, newly named as the John C. Malone Professor of Applied Physics and of Physics, focuses her research on mesoscopic physics and nanophotonics.

Prof. Cao received her Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University. Cao joined the Yale faculty in 2008, starting the Biophotonics Program, and began multiple new projects in laser research that brought acclaim from professional and academic entities. She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Packard Fellowship, the Sloan Fellowship, among others. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, etc.

Yale Starlight Science Series

The Yale Starlight Science Series will bring outstanding science faculty from Yale University to China to present their latest research, and engage with audiences on related topics of interest.

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