Dr. Kyung-Han Hong is a Principal Investigator of the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics, and works together with Prof. Franz X. Kaertner in the Optics and Quantum Electronics group. Dr. Hong was educated at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST, South Korea), where he completed his B.A. (1996), his M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2003) degrees, all in Physics. After his Ph.D., in 2003 and 2004, he did postdoctoral work at the University of Michigan under Prof. Gérard Mourou, the pioneer of chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) technique. Dr. Hong returned to Korea and had been a Senior Research Scientist at the Advanced Photonics Research Institute (APRI), Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) when he joined MIT as a Research Scientist in 2007. He was promoted to a Principal Research Scientist at MIT RLE in 2012.
Dr. Hong’s accomplishments span a range of topics in ultrafast laser science. His research has focused primarily on the ultrashort pulse amplification and its application to high-field physics such as HHG and relativistic optics. He is also active in a wide range of ultrafast optics research topics such as ultrashort pulse generation and measurement techniques. At MIT he has demonstrated many key technologies central to the high-flux high-harmonic generation (HHG)-based table-top soft-X-ray source. Before joining MIT, he developed TW- and PW-class Ti:sapphire CPA lasers and high-repetition-rate Ti:sapphire amplifiers. His contribution in the laser application includes the demonstration of the most efficient HHG, the stable electron acceleration in a laser-plasma wakefield up to ~1 GeV, and soft X-ray lasing in a grazing-incidence geometry.
He has authored and coauthored more than 65 peer-reviewed SCI journal papers, more than 120 international conference papers, and 6 patents in the U.S., Korea, and Japan. He is a regular reviewer of key scientific journals in the area of optics, such as Optics Letters, Optics Express, Applied Optics, and Optics Communications, as well as government-funded grant proposals. Dr. Hong is a member of the Optical Society of America, the Optical Society of Korea, and the Korean Physical Society.