Shilong Pan

Shilong Pan


Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

29 Jiangjun Road, Nanjing 211106, China


  • 2021, Outstanding Young Engineer Award, Past Awardees**
  • Associate Editor, Letters Editors, Microwave and Wireless Technology Letters, Publications**
  • dml, TC-22 MICROWAVE PHOTONICS, Technical Committees**
  • Journal of Lightwave Technology Steering Committee Rep., Co-sponsored Publications, Publications Committee, Standing Committees**
  • Vice-Chair, TC-22 MICROWAVE PHOTONICS, Technical Committees**


Shilong Pan received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2010, he was a “Vision 2010” Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Microwave Photonics Research Laboratory, University of Ottawa, Canada. He joined the College of Electronic and Information Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, in 2010, where he is currently a Full Professor and an Executive Director of the Key Laboratory of Radar Imaging and Microwave Photonics, the Ministry of Education.

His research has focused on microwave photonics, which includes optical generation and processing of microwave signals, analog photonic links, photonic microwave measurement, and integrated microwave photonics. Prof. Pan has authored or co-authored over more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 200 papers in conference proceedings.

Prof. Pan is currently a deputy Editor of Chinese Optics Letters, an associate editor of Journal of Lightwave Technology, Electronics Letters, and PhotoniX, and is the vice-chair of IEEE MTT-22 Microwave Photonics. Prof. Pan has also served as a Chair of a number of international conferences, symposia, and workshops, including the TPC Chair of the International Conference on Optical Communications and Networks in 2015, TPC Co-chair of IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics (MWP) in 2017, and the General Co-chair of IEEE MWP 2021.

Prof. Pan is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE and IET, and a senior member of IEEE. He was selected as an IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer in 2019 and an IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturer in 2022. Prof. Pan was a recipient of IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 2021.


What can photonics bring to radars?

As the only method for all-weather and long-distance target detection and recognition, radar has been intensively studied since it was proposed, and is considered as an essential sensor for pilotless automobiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), earth exploration, aviation and quick security checks. In the past few decades, great efforts were devoted to improve radar’s functionality, precision, and response time, of which the key is to generate, control and process a wideband signal with a high speed. Thanks to the high frequency, large bandwidth, low loss transmission and electromagnetic immunity provided by modern photonics, implementation of the radars in the optical domain can provide better performance in terms of resolution, coverage and speed which may not be achievable using traditional, even state-of-the-art electronics. In this talk, I will give an overview of the photonic technologies that are currently known to be attractive for radars. System architectures and their performance that may interest the radar society are emphasized. Emerging technologies in this area and possible future research directions are discussed.

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