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  • 2031 NERC
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Dr. Seongsin Margaret Kim



  • 2031 NERC
  • phone (205) 348-5755
  • fax (205) 348-6959
  • Email


  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northwestern University
  • M.S., Physics, Northwestern University
  • B.S., Physics, Yonsei University, South Korea

Dr. Kim’s research aims to advance the fundamental science and technology of light-matter interactions for sensing, imaging, communication, and information technology across the optical spectrum from visible and near-infrared to Terahertz.

Before joining UA, Dr. Kim was a research associate and Consulting Professor at Stanford University. Dr. Kim also had industry experiences at Samsung and Agilent. Dr. Kim’s research group pursues research in the areas of metamaterial/metasurface, micro and nanofabrication, electromagnetic simulation, flat optics, Solar Sail, Polarimetry, THz biomedical imaging, and spectroscopy, quantum information and network, THz/mm-wave devices, ultrafast laser spectroscopy, and neuro-photonics. The laboratory is also heavily involved in the research and development of LiDAR and sensor integration for underwater imaging, bathymetry, and remote sensing.

Our applications of photonics, metamaterials, and THz technologies are targeted for future diagnostics platforms, quantum sensing, quantum networks, 6G/7G and beyond, AI-aided bio-imaging, space exploration, underwater imaging, and understanding the brain. Our research has been funded by DoD, DoE, NASA, NOAA, NSF.
Dr. Kim has published over 166 peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, 6 book chapters, and holds 3 patents.

Affiliated Areas
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Selected Publications

  • “Non-Destructive Evaluation and Fast Conductivity Calculation of Various Nanowires Based Thin Films with Artificial Neural Network Aided THz Time-Domain Spectroscopy” Optics Express, 31 (6), pp. 10657-10672 (2023)
  • “Broadband Radiation Pressure on a Small Period Diffractive Film”, Optics Express, 30(25):45279 (2022)
  • “Ultra-high efficiency and broad band operation of infrared metasurface anomalous reflector based on graphene plasmonics”, Nature Sci Rep. 9: 1249 (2019)
  • “Polarization dependent trion dynamics in large area CVD grown 2D monolayer MoS2 by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy,” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 52; 155104 (2019)
  • “Strong solar radiation forces from anomalously reflecting metasurfaces for solar sail attitude control”, Nature Sci Rep. 8: 10026 (2018)

Awards and Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Departmental Meritorious Research Award
  • Invited to White House representing NSF, on “New work place flexibility policies to support America’s scientists and their families”
  • HKN Outstanding Instructor Award
  • National Academy of Inventors; Senior member of IEEE and SPIE

Dr. Kim's Impact

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