Yue Ying Lau received his SB, SM, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a junior faculty in Applied Mathematics at MIT from 1973 to 1979. He worked at the Naval Research Laboratory from 1980 to 1992. In 1992, he joined the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor as a Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, and in the Applied Physics Program. He has worked mostly on electron beams, coherent radiation sources, discharges, and laser-plasma interactions. He has 11 patents, over 100 refereed publications, and has supervised 31 successful Ph.D. students.
While at NRL, he won several Invention Awards and Publication Awards, and was the recipient of the 1989 Sigma-Xi Scientific Society Applied Science Award. He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society 1n 1986, and was the recipient of the 1999 IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Award. He was a guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Special Issue on High Power Microwave Generation (June, 1998). He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Physics of Plasmas and was the recipient of the IEEE 2017 John R. Pierce Award for excellence in vacuum electronics.
Ongoing Projects (Mostly Theory and Modeling):
- Intermodulation products and noise in klystrons and TWT’s.
- Multipactor discharges
- Diamond window failures
- Electron response under very intense, ultrashort, laser pulse
- High power microwaves – loading by intense electron beams and plasmas
- High power microwaves – AC Stark effects G. Ablation plasma ion implantation
- Relativistic Child-Langmuir Law in crossed-field flows
- Photo-stimulated electron emission
- Y. Y. Lau, K. R. Chu, V. L. Granatstein and L. R. Barnett, “Wide-Band Fast Wave Gyrotron Traveling Wave Amplifier,” U.S. Patent #4,533,875, August 6, 1985.
- L. R. Barnett, Y. Y. Lau, K. R. Chu and V. L. Granatstein, “Wide-Band Distributed RF Coupler,” U.S. Patent #4,567,401, January 28, 1986.
- Y. Y. Lau, L. R. Barnett, “A Magnetic Field Gyrotron-Gyro-Magnetron,” U.S. patent #4,550,271, October 29, 1985.
- J. M. Baird, L. R. Barnett and Y. Y. Lau, “An Active Circulator-Gyrotron Traveling Wave Amplifier,” U.S. Patent #4,554,483, November 19, 1985.
- Y. Y. Lau, “A Collective Interaction Klystron,” U.S. Patent #4,617,493, October 4, 1986.
- M. Friedman, Y. Y. Lau, J. Krall, and V. Serlin, “Ultra High Power Relativistic Klystron Amplifiers,” U.S. Patent #5,132,638, July 21, 1992.
- Ya. S. Derbenev, Y. Y. Lau, and R. M. Gilgenbach, “Two-Beam Particle Acceleration Method and Apparatus”, U.S. Patent #5,483,122, Jan. 9, 1996.
- V. B. Neculaes, R. M. Gilgenbach, Y. Y. Lau, “Low-Noise Crossed-Field Devices Such as a Microwave Magnetron, Microwave Oven Utilizing Same and Method of Converting a Noisy Magnetron to a Low-Noise Magnetron”, U. S. Patent #6,872,929, March 29, 2005.
- V. B. Neculaes, R. M. Gilgenbach, Y. Y. Lau, “Low-Noise Crossed-Field Devices Such as a Microwave Magnetron, Microwave Oven Utilizing Same and Method of Converting a Noisy Magnetron to a Low-Noise Magnetron”, U. S. Patent #6,921,890, July 26, 2005.