Dr. Lingze Duan

Associate Professor, Physics Department


Dr. Lingze Duan received the B.S. degree in physics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1995 and the Ph.D degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA in 2002.

After conducting postdoctoral research at MIT (2002-2004) and Penn State (2004-2007), he joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UAH as a faculty member in 2007, where he has been an Associate Professor since 2013. His current research interest includes ultrafast nanophotonics, frequency metrology with femtosecond frequency combs, fiber optic sensors, and novel applications of optics in astrophysics. He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2013. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society of America.

Dr. Duan's teaching interest covers a broad range of subjects in physics and optics, including general physics (PH 112, 115 and 310), basic optics (OPT 341, 342, 411, 412 and 441), and advanced optical & laser sciences (PH/OSE 632, 645, 733 and 745).


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2002
  • M.S., University of Maryland, 1998
  • B.S., Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1995


  • Associate Professor, 2013-present, University of Alabama in Huntsville (Huntsville, AL)
  • Assistant Professor, 2007-2013, University of Alabama in Huntsville (Huntsville, AL)
  • Postdoc, 2004-2007, Penn State University (University Park, PA)

Classes Taught


Selected Publications

  • Lin Yang and Lingze Duan, “Depth-resolved imaging based on optical sampling by cavity tuning,” IEEE Photon. Tech. Lett. 27, 1761-1764 (2015).
  • Hemang Jani and Lingze Duan, “Acid-free sol-gel fabrication of glass thin films embedded with II-VI colloidal quantum dots,” J. Nanophotonics 9, 093072 (2015).
  • Lingze Duan, “Thermal noise-limited fiber-optic sensing at infrasonic frequencies,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 51, 7700106 (2015).
  • Richard Lieu, Lingze Duan, and Tom W. B. Kibble, “Measurement of the dispersion of radiation from a steady cosmological source,” ApJ. 778, 73 (2013).
  • Lin Yang, Jinsong Nie, and Lingze Duan, “Dynamic optical sampling by cavity tuning and its application in lidar,” Opt. Express 21, 3850-3860 (2013).
  • Lingze Duan, “A general treatment of the thermal noises in optical fibers,” Phys. Rev. A 86, 023817 (2012).

Sponsored Research

  • 2015-2016 - AL ACHE GRSP (PI, $25k): Fiber-optic sensing at the femtostrain level
  • 2013-2018 - NSF-CAREER (PI, $400k): Semiconductor detectors for direct probing of the absolute phase of light (ECCS-1254902)
  • 2013-2016 - NASA EPSCoR RID (PI, $48k): Compact, low-cost semiconductor lasers with ultra-high frequency stability (NNX13AB09A)
  • 2012-2015 - AL ACHE GRSP (PI, $75k): High-resolution dynamic range metrology using a femtosecond-laser frequency comb
  • 2011-2014 - NSF-MRI (PI, $280k): Acquisition of Menlo Systems FC1500 Optical Frequency Synthesizer (ECCS-1040019)