Chiaoyao She Professor

Office: Engineering

Phone: (000) 000-0000


  • 1957 -B.S. National Taiwan University, Taiwan 1964 - Ph.D., Stanford University, California
  • 1964-1968, Faculty, University of Minnesota, 1968-, Faculty, Colorado State University; Professor in 1975; Emeritus in 2011
  • 1976-, Fellow, Optical Society of America. 2022-, ICLAS* Lifetime Achievement Award *International Coordination-group for Laser Atmospheric Studies



My research is often interdisciplinary and involves laser light scattering spectroscopy. My recent emphasis is on atmospheric parameter measurements via laser light scattering from atmospheric atoms (Na, K and Fe) and linear molecules (N2, O2, and CO2). In this process, I have pioneered two high-spectral-resolution lidars. With Dave Krueger, we have established the CSU Lidar Observatory in Christman Field (1985-2010). The Sodium lidar there started regular observations in 1991 and it has enabled many important science investigations for details, click here. One amazing example is our record holding 9-day 24-hr continuous observations which exhibits correlated tidal 24-hr and 12-hr variations in raw profiles of temperature, zonal and meridional winds. In 2010, this lidar was relocated to Utah State University ( and continued observations, now in its 34th years, counting.

Since retired from CSU, I have continued the same line of research in parttime. In the past two years, I have completed my first (and likely the last) book, entitled, “Atmospheric Lidar Fundamentals: Laser light scattering from atoms and linear molecules”, published in 2022 by Cambridge University Press (

Selected recent publications:

200. She, C.-Y., H. Chen, and D. A. Krueger (2015), Optical Processes for Middle Atmospheric Doppler Lidars: Cabannes Scattering and Laser Induced Resonance Fluorescence, Jour. Opt. Soc. Am B 32, 1575-1592; Erratum, ibid, 1954.

209. She, C.-Y., D. A. Krueger, Z.-A. Yan and X. Hu (2021), Atomic vapor filter revisited: a Cabannes scattering temperature/wind lidar at 770 nm, Opt. Express 29, 4338-4362.

210. She, C. Y., A. Z. Liu, T. Yuan, J. Yue, T. Li, C. Ban, and J. S. Friedman (2021), MLT Science Enabled by Atmospheric Lidars, in Space Physics and Aeronomy Collection Volume 4: Upper Atmosphere Dynamics and Energetics, Geophysical Monograph 261, First Edition. Edited by Wenbin Wang and Yongliang Zhang. © 2021 American Geophysical Union. Published 2021 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. DOI: 10.1002/9781119815631.ch20

214. She, Chiao-Yao, David A. Krueger, and Zhao-Ai Yan, Tao Yuan and Anne K. Smith (2023), Climatology, Long-term Trend and Solar Response of Na Density Based on 28 Years (1999-2017) of Midlatitude Mesopause Na Lidar Observation, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics 128, e2023JA031652.