Dr Kim's research and professional interests are in optics and photonics, especially on using liquid crystal and functional polymers to investigate and develop transformational diffractive optics and polarization-independent devices and systems, via experiment, theory, and simulation. Currently his research focuses on fundamental research for polarization holography and several applications including high-efficiency/portable liquid crystal displays, ultra-efficient energy directing/beam steering for high energy applications and laser communications, and VIS/IR hyperspectral imaging polarimetry.
As of early 2015, he works as Research Assistant Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at NC State University, and has published more than 20 refereed journal/conference papers and 2 US patents (+3 pending).
2011 - PhD in Electrical Engineering, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
2007 - MS in Electrical Engineering, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
- Producing true-color rainbows with patterned multi-layer liquid-crystal polarization gratings (2019)
- Bragg polarization gratings for wide angular bandwidth and high efficiency at steep deflection angles (2018)
- Design and fabrication of an aspheric geometric-phase lens doublet (2018)
- Wide Field-of-View Nanoscale Bragg Liquid Crystal Polarization Gratings (2018)
- Experimental characterization of a F/1.5 geometric-phase lens with high achromatic efficiency and low aberration (2017)
- Far-field and fresnel liquid crystal geometric phase holograms via direct-write photo-alignment (2017)
- Nanoscale liquid crystal polymer Bragg polarization gratings (2017)
- Fabrication of ideal geometric-phase holograms with arbitrary wavefronts (2015)
- Nonmechanical laser beam steering based on polymer polarization gratings: Design optimization and demonstration (2015)
- Efficient and monolithic polarization conversion system based on a polarization grating (2012)
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