The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
Dr. Youwei Yao is interested in X-ray optics for instrumental applications. His research began in 2010 when he joined Prof. Hideyo Kunieda's lab at Nagoya University in Japan where the HXT of ASTRO-H was designed and fabricated. As a pre-doctoral candidate there, he focused on X-ray multilayer optics, successfully designed and fabricated a new reflective supermirror structure to improve the hard X-ray telescope's energy response. He also participated in the production of X-ray mirrors for HXT of ASTRO-H. After he completed his Ph.D work in 2013, he held a two year post-doc appointment at Northwestern University and invented a stress manipulated coating process to improve the X-ray mirror's angular resolution. In 2016, Youwei Yao joined MIT as a postdoctoral associate. He is working with Mark L. Schattenburg and Ralf Heilmann in MKI's Space Nanotechnology Laboratory to develop smart mirror technologies for future telescope missions.
Y. Yao et al., “Design and fabrication of a supermirror with smooth and broad response for hard x-ray telescopes”, App. Opt., Vol. 52, No. 26, 2013.
Y. Yao, et al., “The theoretical analysis of the hard X-ray block-structure supermirror,” Opt. Exp.,Vol.21, No. 008638, 2013.
Y. Yao et al., “Stress manipulated coating for fabricating light weight X-ray telescope mirrors”, Opt. Exp., Vol. 23, No. 22, 2015.
U.S. Patent Appl. No.: 15/166,637 Title: STRESS MANIPULATED COATING FOR FIGURE RESHAPE OF OPTICAL SUBSTRATES First Named Inventor: Youwei Yao