Ying Wu

Professor of Physics

External Address: 
210 Fel Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
(919) 660-2654


Prof. Wu is interested in nonlinear dynamics of charged particle beams, coherent radiation sources, and the development of novel accelerators and light sources. One of his research focuses is to study the charged particle nonlinear dynamics using the modern techniques such as Lie Algebra, Differential Algebra, and Frequency Analysis. This direction of research will significantly further the understanding of the nonlinear phenomena in light source storage rings and collider rings, improve their performance, and provide guidance for developing next generation storage rings. The second area of research is to study and develop coherent radiation sources such as broad-band far infrared radiation from dipole magnets and coherent mm-wave radiation from a free-electron-laser (FEL). With this direction of research, he hopes to study the beam stability issues, in particular, the single bunch instabilities in the storage ring, develop diagnostics to monitor and improve the stability of the light source beams, and eventually develop novel means to overcome instabilities. These areas of research will provide foundations for developing a femto-second hard x-ray Compton back scattering radiation source driven by a mm-wave FEL - a next generation light source.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1995

  • M.A., Duke University 1991

  • B.S., Beijing University (China) 1988

Studies of Nuclear Structure Using Neutrons and Charged Particles awarded by Department of Energy (Co-Principal Investigator). 1997 to 2018

International Workshop on the Next Generation Gamma-ray Sources awarded by Department of Energy (Co-Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Cross-disciplinary Training in Medical Physics awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2007 to 2013

Biomedical and Biological Research Applications of a Storage-Ring Free-Electron Laser awarded by Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Co-Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2008

Novel Research Opportunities Using the Duke Storage-Ring FEL awarded by Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Co-Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2006

3D Magnetic Field Effects on the Beam Dynamics in the Next Generation High Energy Physics Accelerator awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2003

Laskaris, G, Yan, X, Mueller, JM, Zimmerman, WR, Xiong, W, Ahmed, MW, Averett, T, Chu, P-H, Deltuva, A, Flower, C, Fonseca, AC, Gao, H, Golak, J, Heideman, JN, Karwowski, HJ, Meziane, M, Sauer, PU, Skibiński, R, Strakovsky, II, Weller, HR, Witała, H, and Wu, YK. "Measurement of the doubly-polarized reaction at 16.5 MeV and its implications for the GDH sum rule." Physics Letters B 750 (November 2015): 547-551. Full Text

Wu, YK, Yan, J, Hao, H, Li, JY, Mikhailov, SF, Popov, VG, Vinokurov, NA, Huang, S, and Wu, J. "Widely Tunable Two-Color Free-Electron Laser on a Storage Ring." Physical review letters 115.18 (October 26, 2015): 184801-. Full Text

Weller, HR, Ahmed, MW, and Wu, YK. "Nuclear Physics Research at the High Intensity Gamma-Ray Source (HIγS)." Nuclear Physics News 25.3 (July 3, 2015): 19-24. Full Text

Xu, W, Li, J-Y, Huang, S-L, Wu, WZ, Hao, H, Wang, P, and Wu, YK. "Conditioning of BPM pickup signals for operations of the Duke storage ring with a wide range of single-bunch current." Chinese Physics C 38.10 (October 2014): 107003-107003. Full Text

Huang, S, Li, JY, Jia, B, and Wu, YK. "Relative spectral response measurement of spectrometers using undulator radiation." Journal of Instrumentation 9.03 (March 1, 2014): P03002-P03002. Full Text

Laskaris, G, Ye, Q, Lalremruata, B, Ye, QJ, Ahmed, MW, Averett, T, Deltuva, A, Dutta, D, Fonseca, AC, Gao, H, Golak, J, Huang, M, Karwowski, HJ, Mueller, JM, Myers, LS, Peng, C, Perdue, BA, Qian, X, Sauer, PU, Skibiński, R, Stave, S, Tompkins, JR, Weller, HR, Witała, H, Wu, YK, Zhang, Y, and Zheng, W. "Spin-dependent cross sections from the three-body photodisintegration of at incident energies of 12.8 and 14.7 MeV." Physical Review C 89.2 (February 2014). Full Text

Wu, YK, Hao, H, Li, J, Mikhailov, S, Popov, V, Wu, WZ, Yan, J, Emamian, M, Busch, M, Faircloth, J, Swift, G, Wallace, P, and Wang, P. "Commissioning and operation of wiggler switchyard system for duke FEL and HIGS." IPAC 2013: Proceedings of the 4th International Particle Accelerator Conference (December 24, 2013): 267-269.

Li, JY, Hao, H, Wu, WZ, Mikhailov, S, Popov, V, and Wu, YK. "Compensation schemes for operation of FEL wigglers on duke storage ring." IPAC 2013: Proceedings of the 4th International Particle Accelerator Conference (December 24, 2013): 3270-3272.

Mikhailov, SF, Hao, H, Li, JY, Popov, VG, Wallace, PW, and Wu, YK. "Protection of VUV FEL mirrors using soft orbit bump at duke FEL / HIγS facility." IPAC 2013: Proceedings of the 4th International Particle Accelerator Conference (December 24, 2013): 1301-1303.

Hao, H, Mikhailov, SF, Li, J, and Wu, YK. "Design of a soft orbit bump for FEL mirror protection at duke FEL/HIGS facility." IPAC 2013: Proceedings of the 4th International Particle Accelerator Conference (December 24, 2013): 2006-2008.


Yan, J, Wu, YK, Mikhailov, S, Hao, H, Popov, V, Li, J, Wu, J, Vinokurov, NA, and Huang, S. "Experimental study of a two-color storage ring FEL ?." January 1, 2015.

Hao, H, Mikhailov, S, Popov, V, Wu, YK, and Li, J. "Characterizing betatron tune knobs at Duke storage ring." January 1, 2015.

Li, W, Li, J, Hao, H, Mikhailov, SF, Popov, V, and Wu, YK. "Measuring Duke storage ring lattice using tune based technique." January 1, 2015.

Mikhailov, SF, Hao, H, Popov, VG, and Wu, YK. "Developing an improved pulsed mode operation for Duke storage ring based FEL." January 1, 2015.

Wallace, PW, Emamian, M, Hao, H, Mikhailov, SF, Popov, V, Wu, YK, and Li, J. "Extending ok5 wiggler operational limit at duke fel/higs facility." January 1, 2015.

MacDowell, AA, Feng, J, Demello, A, Doran, A, Duarte, R, Forest, E, Kelez, N, Marcus, MA, Miller, T, Padmore, HA, Raoux, S, Robin, D, Scholl, A, Schlueter, R, Schmid, P, Stöhr, J, Wan, W, Wei, DH, and Wu, Y. "Progress on PEEM3 - An aberration corrected X-ray photoemission electron microscope at the ALS." March 27, 2007. Full Text

Mikhailov, SF, Busch, MD, Emamian, M, Hartman, SM, Kim, Y, Li, J, Popov, VG, Swift, G, Wallace, PW, Wang, P, Wu, YK, Howell, CR, Gavrilov, NG, Kurkin, GY, Matveev, Y, Anchugov, OV, Shvedov, DA, Vinokurov, NA, and IEEE, . "Commissioning of the booster injector synchrotron for the HIGS facility at Duke University." 2007.