Dake Wang has studied light-matter interaction at nanoscale for more than a decade with an emphasis on optical spectroscopy and characterization of semiconductor nanomaterials. His research has been published and cited in journals across the globe. In the classroom and lab, Wang teaches courses on physics and experimental methods as well as a First Year Seminar on America's energy future. A member of the Materials Research Society, he serves as a referee for the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. ​

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General Physics I

The basic concepts and laws of classical mechanics. Measurement and units, vectors, kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, systems of particles, collisions, rotational kinematics, torque and angular momentum, rigid body statics and dynamics, simple harmonic motion, gravitation, and mechanics of solids and fluids.


General Physics II

The basic concepts and laws of classical electricity and magnetism. Electrostatic and magnetostatic forces and fields. Gauss' law, electric circuits, Amperee's law, Faraday's law, electric and magnetic properties of matter, time-varying fields, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves, and geometrical optics.


Classical Mechanics I

Kinematics and dynamics of particles and systems of particles, oscillations, introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, central force motion, motion in non-inertial reference frames, and dynamics of rigid bodies.



Laws of heat and thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, introduction to statistical mechanics.



Geometrical optics, image formation by lenses and mirrors, optical instruments and aberrations, Fresnel equations, optical properties of materials, nonlinear optics and the modulation of light, interference and diffraction, Fourier optics, laser operation and properties. Laboratory activities include numerical simulations of lens aberrations, Brewster angle experiment, electro-optic effect, magneto-optic effect and the spatial light modulation.


Experimental Methods

Introduction to modern sensors, optical devices an instruments and their applications in the field of experimential science. Experiments designed to give practice in the art of making precise measurements and the processing of experimental data. Hands-on experience in insttumentation and experimentation in optics, electronics and a number of other areas in applied physics and engineering.


  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Physics Department, Auburn University (2003)
  • Dean's Research Awards, College of Science and Mathematics, Auburn University (2006)
  • Grant Awards: South Carolina EPSCoR RII program in bio-fabrication, Project Title: "Characterization of Tissue Vascularization by Laser Speckle Contact Imaging" (2010-12)


  • Materials Research Society

D. Wang, "The Reciprocal Relation of Mutual Inductance in a Coupled Circuit System," American Journal of Physics, Article in Press (2012)

D. Wang, and N. Reynolds, "Photoluminescence of Zinc Oxide Nanowires: The Effect of Surface Band Bending, " ISRN Condensed Matter Physics, (2011), Article ID 950354, doi:10.5402/2012/950354

D. Wang, K. Mittauer and N. Reynolds, "Raman Scattering of Carbon Disulfide: the Temperature Effect," American Journal of Physics, Vol. 77, Issue 12, pp. 1130-1134 (2009) A-J. Cheng, Y-H. Tzeng, H. Xu, S. Alur, Y.Q. Wang, M. Park, T-H. Wu, C. Shannon, D-J. Kim, and D. Wang, "Raman Analysis of Longitudinal Optical Phonon-Plasmon Coupled Modes of Aligned ZnO Nanorods," Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 105, Issue 7, pp. 073104 (2009)

N. Sathitsuksanoh, D. Wang, H-Y. Yang, Y. Lu, and M. Park, "Structural and Optical Properties of Encapsulated ZnO in Porous Host Matrix," Acta Materialia, Vol. 58, Issue 2, pp. 373-378 (2009)

Y. Zhou, C. Ahyi, T. I.-Smith, M. BozackC. C. Tin, J. Williams, M. Park, A-J. Cheng, D. Kim, J.-H. Park, D. Wang, A. Hanser, E. A. Preble, N. M. Williams, and K. Evans, "Formation, etching and electrical characterization of thermally grown gallium oxide on the Ga-face of a bulk GaN substrate," Solid State Electronics, vol. 52, no5, pp. 756-764 (2008)

A-J. Cheng, Y. Tzeng, Y. Zhou, M. Park, T-H. Wu, C. Shannon, D. Wang, and W. Lee "Thermal chemical vapor deposition growth of zinc oxide nanostructures for dye-sensitized solar cell fabrication,"Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 092113 (2008) S. H. Choi, D. Wang, J. R. Williams, M. Park, W. Lu, S. Dhar and L. C. Feldman, "Nitridation of the SiO2/4H-SiC interface studied by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy," Applied Surface Science 253, 5411 (2007)

Y. Zhou, D. Wang, C. Ahyi, C-C. Tin, J. Williams, M. Park, N. M. Williams, A. Hanser, "Temperature-dependent electrical characteristics of bulk GaN Schottky rectifier," Journal of Applied Physics. 101, 024506 (2007)

A-J. Cheng, D. Wang, M. Park, and Y. Tzeng, "Visible luminescence from ZnO nanostructures," Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 957, (2007) 0957-K07-39

J. Huang, R. Seelaboyina, D. H. Kim, W. B. Choi, D. Wang and M. Park, "Catalyst effect on carbon nanotube branching," Diamond and Related Materials 16, 1524 (2007)

Y. Zhou, C. Ahyi, C-C. Tin, J. Williams, M. Park, D-J. Kim, A-J. Cheng, D. Wang and A. Hanser, E. A. Preble, N. M. Williams, and K. Evans, "Fabrication and device characteristics of Schottky-type bulk GaN-based 'visible-blind' UV photodetectors," Applied Physics Letter 90, 121118 (2007)

D. Wang, H. W. Seo, Y. Tzeng, C.-C. Tin, M. J. Bozack, J. R. Williams, M. Park, "Lasing in whispering gallery mode in ZnO nanonails," Journal of Applied Physics, 99, 093112 (2006). (Selected for inclusion in the June 5, 2006 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology)

D. Wang, N. Sathitsuksanoh, A-J. Cheng, Y. H. Tzeng, H. W. Seo, C.-C. Tin, M. J. Bozack, J. R. Williams, and M. Park, "Effects of post-growth annealing treatment on the photoluminescence of ZnO Nanorods," Journal of Applied Physics, 99, 113509 (2006)

D. Wang, M. Park, Y. N. Saripalli, M. A. L. Johnson, C. Zeng, D. W. Barlage and J. P. Long, "Optical spectroscopic analysis of selected area epitaxially re-grown n+ GaN," Journal of Applied Physics, 99, 123106 (2006)

Y. Zhou, D. Wang, C Ahyi, Chin-Che Tin, John Williams, Minseo Park, N. Mark Williams and Andrew Hanser, "High breakdown voltage Schottky rectifier fabricated on bulk n-GaN substrate," Solid-State Electronics,† 50, 1744 (2006)

A-J. Cheng, D. Wang, H. W. Seo, C. Liu, M. Park, and Y. Tzeng, "Cold Cathodes for Applications in Poor Vacuum and Low Pressure Gas Environments: Carbon Nanotubes versus ZnO Nanoneedles," Diamond and Related Materials 15, 426 (2006)

Y. Zhou, M. Li, D. Wang, C. Ahyi, C.-C. Tin, J. R. Williams, M. Park, N. M. Williams and A. Hanser, "Electrical characteristics of bulk GaN-based Schottky rectifiers with ultrafast reverse recovery," Applied Physics Letters 88, 113509 (2006)

J. Park, J. Moon, H. Shin, D. Wang, and M. Park, "Direct-write fabrication of colloidal photonic crystal microarrays by ink-jet printing," Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 298(2), 713 (2006)

D. Wang, C.-C. Tin, J. R. Williams, M. Park, Y. S. Park, C. M. Park, T. W. Kang and W.-C. Yang, "Raman scattering of self-assembled gallium nitride nanorods synthesized by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy," Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 892, FF11-03.1 (2006)

D. Wang, M. Park, J. Park and J. Moon, "Reflectance spectroscopy of single photonic crystal island fabricated by ink-jet printing," Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 901, Ra16-10.1 (2006)

D. Wang, C.-C. Tin, J. R. Williams, M. Park, Y. S. Park, C. M. Park, T. W. Kang, and W.-C. Yang, "Raman characterization of electronic properties of self-assembled GaN nanorods grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy," Applied Physics Letter 87, 242105 (2005)

D. Wang, M. Park, J. Park, J. Moon, "Optical properties of single droplet of photonic crystal assembled by ink-jet printing," Applied Physics Letter 86, 241114 (2005). (Selected for inclusion in the June 20, 2005 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology)

H. W. Seo, D. Wang, Y. Tzeng, N. Sathitsuksanoh, C. C. Tin, M. J. Bozack, J. R. Williams, and M. Park, "Growth and Characterization of ZnO Nanonail," Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 829, B2.26 (2005)

Ph.D., Physics (2006)
Auburn University, Auburn, AL
B.S., Optics (1997)
Sichuan University, China

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