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Jinyang Liang

Looking for students or interns

Areas of expertise

Information optics , Photoacoustic microscopy , Ultra-fast and biophotonic imaging

Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre

1650  Lionel-Boulet Blvd.
Varennes, Quebec J3X 1P7

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Research interests

Our research focuses on laser modulation techniques in novel optical imaging devices. Currently, we are working on the following three areas:


Compressed ultrafast photography (CUP)

CUP is the world’s fastest receive-only camera. Synergistically combining compressed sensing and streak imaging, CUP can image transient events at 100 billion frames per second with a single camera exposure. CUP’s operating principle consists of hardware-based image acquisition and software-based image reconstruction. CUP has led to many high-profile publications, including Nature (selected as the cover story) and Science Advances. CUP has also produced two patents licensed to Axis Photonics.

Our group is further advancing CUP technology from both technological development and novel applications. CUP for physics and biomedicine applications. We are also working with Axis Photonics to commercialize this technique.

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Selected publications:

  • Nature 516, 74-77 (2014).
  • Science Advances 3, e1601814 (2017).
  • Optica 5, 1113-1127 (2018).Light: Science and Application 7, 42 (2018).
  • Optics Letters 44, 1387-1390 (2019).


Photoacoustic tomography (PAT)

PAT has emerged as an attractive technique for label-free imaging in deep biological tissue. The present invention relates to a method for the production of heat-shrinkable particles. We are also collaborating with biologists and physicists in Montreal to explore novel applications of PAT.

Recherches Jiang Liang

Selected publications:

  • Optics Letters 39, 430-433 (2014).
  • Journal of Biomedical Optics 18, 096004 (2013).


High-precision laser beam shaping

Precisely shaping the laser beam to desired profiles is of great significance in physics. We have developed a high-precision laser beam shaper, which can shape an incident laser pulse into arbitrary patterns with unprecedented intensity accuracy. This technique has been adopted by many research groups in a condensed matter for the generation of programmable optical potentials. It has contributed recent breakthrough in Bose-Einstein condensation.
We are continuing exploring novel applications of this technique in laser physics, condensed matter physics, and metrology.

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Selected publications :

  • Applied Optics 49,1323-1330 (2010).
  • Optical Engineering 51, 108201 (2012).Optics Express 21, 32013 (2013).
  • Optics Letters 45, 964-967 (2020).

Training openings for students or interns

Compressed ultrafast photography (CUP)

Dr. Jinyang Liang is currently an Assistant Professor at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), University of Quebec. He leads the Laboratory of Applied Computational Imaging (LACI). His research interests include ultrafast imaging, photoacoustic microscopy, wavefront engineering, and high-precision laser beam shaping.

His research focuses on the development of new optical instruments for applications in biology and physics. He has published over 50 papers and conference proceedings and holds two patents on ultrafast optical imaging technology. He was the recipient of the 2019 Young Scientist Prize from IUPAP, the 2019-2023 Research Scholarship from FRQS, the 2017 Educational Award – Gold from Edmund Optics, and the 2017 Discovery Accelerator Award from NSERC. He received his B.E. degree in Optoelectronic Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2007, and his M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and 2012.