• Kyoung-Duck Park (박경덕)

  • Assistant Professor
  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Experiment
  • Current Research Interests

    Photo-induced phenomena in molecules/materials play a significant role in energy device applications. However, using bulk systems has reached the limit in their functions, performance, and regarding application range. Low-dimensional quantum systems have recently emerged as appealing resources for the next generation energy devices based on their significantly improved photoenergetic performances. Hence, understanding quantum light-
    matter interactions at their natural length scale is of fundamental significance in physics, chemistry, and engineering. Our research focuses on discovering and controlling a range of new functions and behaviors of low-dimensional quantum materials through the advanced tip-enhanced near-field spectroscopy and imaging techniques exceeding the current instrumental limits. Our specific research topics are as follows:

    • Developing advanced near-field microscopies beyond the current instrumental limits to extend nano-imaging into a wider range of optical spectroscopic modalities, including linear elastic (Rayleigh) and inelastic (Raman, photoluminescence; PL, VIS absorption, IR), nonlinear (second-harmonic generation; SHG), and ultrafast (~ps) spectroscopy, from UV to mid-IR/THz, in various interacting environments, e.g., ultra-high vacuum (UHV), cryogenic, and liquid.
    • Discovering new emerging physical properties, e.g., coupling and energy transfer, in single- and bio-molecular, quantum, optoelectronic, and multiferroic systems, as well as probing structure, field distribution, heterogeneity, and dynamics on the nanoscale.
    • Breaking new ground in active control of nanoscale light-matter interactions through the controllable nano-opto-mechanical plasmonic tip.
  • Biographical Sketch


    • Ph.D. in Chemical Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder (Advisor: Prof. Markus B. Raschke), USA (2013-2017)
    • M.E. in Information and Communication Engineering, Inha University (Advisor: Prof. Seung Gol Lee), Korea (2008-2010)
    • B.S. in Information and Communication Engineering, Inha University, Korea (2004- 2008)

    Academic Career

    • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, UNIST (2018 – )
    • Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Physics and JILA, University of Colorado at Boulder (2018)
    • Researcher, Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics (IBS campus), Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) (2013)
    • Researcher (military service), Advanced Photonics Research Institute (APRI), Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) (2010-2013)
  • Selected Publications
    1. K.-D. Park et al., “Polarization control with plasmonic antenna-tips: A universal approach for optical nano-crystallography and vector-field imaging,” Nano Letters 18, 2912 (2018).
    2. K.-D. Park et al., “Radiative control of dark excitons at room temperature by nano-optical antenna-tip Purcell effect,” Nature Nanotechnology 13, 59 (2018).
    3. A. R. Damodaran et al., “Phase coexistence and electric-field control of toroidal order in oxide superlattices,” Nature Materials 16, 1003 (2017).
    4. K.-D. Park et al., “Probing Bilayer Grain Boundaries in Large Area Graphene with Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy,” Advanced Materials 29, 1603601 (2017).
    5. K.-D. Park et al., “Near-Field Imaging of Cell Membranes in Liquid Enabled by Active Scanning Probe Mechanical Resonance Control,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120, 21138 (2016).
    6. K.-D. Park et al., “Hybrid tip-enhanced nanospectroscopy and nanoimaging of monolayer WSe2 with local strain control,” Nano Letters 16, 2621 (2016).
    7. K.-D. Park et al., “Variable-Temperature Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Single-Molecule Fluctuations and Dynamics,” Nano Letters 16, 479 (2016).