Bingkun Zhou, a specialist of Laser and Optoelectronics, was born in March, 1936 in Sichuan, China. He graduated from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1956. Since then he has been with the Electronic Engineering Department at the same university. From 1960 to 1962 he was a visiting scholar at Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute, Leningrad , former USSR . From 1983 to 1984 he was a visiting scholar of Applied Physics Department, Stanford University, U.S.A. From 1985, he has been a professor of Electronic Engineering Department at Tsinghua University. He was elected the academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1991 and was elected the academician of Third World Academy of Sciences in 2001.At present he is also the vice-president of the Chinese Optical Society, fellow of the Optical Society of America and Chinese Institute of Electronics.
He has been engaged in laser and optoelectronics research and teaching for more than 40 years. In 1984, he made key contributions to development of diode pumped, narrow line width and frequency stable Solid State Lasers. He with his research group has made scientific research achievements in the area of “External Cavity Semiconductor Lasers”; “semiconductor laser pumped solid state laser” , “crystal fiber and devices”, “fiber ring cavity and their application”, “fiber amplifiers and lasers”, “high temperature optical fiber thermometer and it’s applications” and “DWDM optical fiber transmission and all optical network technology” . He has won 13 national and ministry-level prizes in China. He is the author or co-authors of about 100 papers, presentations, patents and one book Laser Principle.
1.Investigation and demonstration, for the first time in the world, of Diode Laser Pumped Solid State (YAG) Laser (DPSSL) in 1984 with the highest efficiency, the narrowest linewidth (10 kHz)and the most stable frequency at that time.
2. Demonstration of the Tunable Nd3+-doped and Er3+/Yb3+ doped Fiber Ring Laser in 1989.
3.Development of Single Mode, Narrow Linewidth, Frequency-Stable and Tunable External Cavity Semiconductor Lasers and their applications.