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Yeong E. Kim Professor of Physics
Group Leader, Purdue Nuclear and Many-Body Theory Group
Director, Center for Sensing Science and Technology (CSST)

Contact Information:
Office: Physics 258
Telephone: (765) 494-3042
Fax: (765) 494-0706
Email: yekim@purdue.edu

Undergraduate, Seoul National University, 1954-1955
B.S., Lincoln Memorial University, 1959
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1963

Dr. Yeong Kim is a theoretical nuclear physicist who authored or co-authored over 200 refereed scientific journal publications. He received his Ph.D. in 1963 from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a technical staff position at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey (1963-1965) and by a Post Doctoral position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1965-1967). His main area of research has been theoretical nuclear physics. He has also published widely on condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, nuclear astrophysics, nuclear fusion, and quantum statistical mechanics. Since 1967, he has been a group leader of Purdue Nuclear and Many-Body Theory Group at Purdue University.

He was Assistant Professor of Physics (1967-1973) and Associate Professor of Physics (1973-1977) at Purdue University. He was a Visiting Staff member (1973-1974) and a Consultant/Collaborator (1987-1993), Physics Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was Chairman of the first Gordon Research Conference on Few Body Problems in Physics, New Hampshire, 1977. Since 1978, he served on advisory committees for government agencies and for numerous international conferences in areas of nuclear physics. He was a Participating Guest, Physics and Space Technology/N Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1997-2000). He was Research Director for Physical Sciences, Purdue Research Foundation (1993-1998), and Director of Division of Sponsored Program Development, Purdue Research Foundation (1998-2001). He is currently Director of Purdue Center for Sensing Science and Technology (CSST) (2001-present) and Professor of Physics (1977-present) at Purdue University. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 1977.

Research Interests and Focus

Previous: Theoretical nuclear physics
Current: Theoretical physics, condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, nuclear astrophysics, nuclear fusion/nuclear physics, and quantum statistical mechanics. (See the list of Selected Publications below)

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, the American Physical Society
  • Senior U.S. Scientist Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 1977

Professional Experience

  • Director, Center for Sensing Science and Technology (CSST), 2001-present
  • Director, Division of Sponsored Program Development, Purdue Research Foundation, 1999-2001
  • Director, Integrated Detection of Hazardous Materials (IDHM) Program 2000-2004
  • Research Director for Physical Sciences, Purdue Research Foundation, 1993-1998,    2001-2004
  • Group Leader, Purdue Nuclear and Many-Body Theory Group (PNMBTG), 1967-   present
  • Professor, Purdue University, 1977-present
  • Associate Professor, Purdue University, 1973-77
  • Consultant and Collaborator, Physics Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1974-1979 and 1987-1993
  • Long-Term Visiting Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1973-74
  • Assistant Professor, Purdue University, 1967-73
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1965-67
  • Technical Staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., Murray Hill, New Jersey, 1963-65 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Professor, Seoul National University Summer of 1979, 1980, 1992, 1995, and 1996
  • Visiting Professor, University of Mainz 1977-78
  • Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki Summer 1973
  • Visiting Professor, University of Groningen Spring 1973

Consultants

  • Participating Guest, Physics and Space Technology/N Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California, 1997-2000
  • Consultant and Collaborator, Physics Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1987-1993
  • Member, the NSF Review Panel for the superconducting electron accelerator program at the High Energy Physics Laboratory, Stanford University, 1978
  • Short-term visiting staff member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1974-1979

Entrepreneurial Activities

Professor Kim has been Director of Center for Sensing Science and Technology (CSST) since CSST was inaugurated in March 2001. Since 2002, six start-up companies (Griffin Analytical, Prosolia, Quadraspec, 2K, PathoChip, and QE) were created using technologies developed by CSST Co-Principal Investigators under his guidance as Director of Purdue CSST.

Professional and Scholarly Activities

  • Member, The International Advisory Committee for the Sixth Asia-Pacific Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics, Adelaide, Australia, 2014
  • Member, the International Advisory Committee for the Fifth Asia-Pacific Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics, Seoul, Korea, 2011
  • Member, the International Advisory Committee for the Fourth Asia-Pacific Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics, Indonesia, 2008
  • Member, the International Advisory Committee for the Third Asia-Pacific Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 2005
  • Member, the International Advisory Committee for the Second Asia-Pacific Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics, Shanghai, China, August 2002
  • Member, the International Advisory Committee for the First Asia-Pacific Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics, Tokyo, Japan, August 22-28, 1999
  • Member, the Asia-Pacific Few-Body Physics Committee since September 1998
  • Member, the International Advisory Committee for the International Conference on Few Body Problems in Physics, in 1989, 1992, and 1994
  • Member, Steering Committee, Topical Group on Few Body System, American Physical Society, 1987-89
  • Member, the International Advisory Committee for the XIth International Conference on FewBody Problems in Physics, Tokyo and Sendai, Japan, August 1986
  • Member, the International Advisory Committee for the Xth International Conference on Few Body Problems in Physics, Karlsruhe, West Germany, August 21-27, 1983
  • Member, the International Advisory Committee for the International Symposium on Mesons and Light Nuclei, Liblice, Czechoslovakia, June 1-4, 1981
  • Member, the International Advisory Committee for the IXth International Conference on the Few Body Problem, Oregon, August 17-23, 1980
  • Member, the International Advisory Committee for the International Conference on Nuclear Physics with Electromagnetic Interactions, Mainz, West Germany, June 5-10, 1979
  • Chairman, The International Advisory Committee for the VIIIth International Conference on Few Body Problems in Nuclear and Particle Physics, Graz, Austria, August 24-30, 1978
  • Chairman, the First Gordon Research Conference on Few Body Problems, New Hampshire, August 15-19, 1977

Selected Publications

  1. Y.E. Kim, "Theoretical Analysis and Reaction Mechanisms for Experimental Results of Hydrogen-Oxygen-Metal Systems," Purdue Nuclear and Many-Body Theory Group (PNMBTG) preprint — PNMBTG-05-2014 (May 2014). (PDF)
  2. Y.E. Kim, "Hartree-Fock Theory with Correlation Effects Applied to Nuclear Reaction Rates for Charged Bose Nuclei Confined in a Harmonic Trap," Purdue Nuclear and Many-Body Theory Group (PNMBTG) preprint PNMBTG-8-2013 (August, 2013). (PDF)
  3. Y.E. Kim, "Conventional Nuclear Theory of Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions in Metals: Alternative Approach to Clean Fusion Energy Generation," Purdue Nuclear and Many Body Theory Group (PNMBTG) Preprint PNMBTG-12—7 (July 2012). Invited paper presented at the 17th International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF-17), Daejeon, Korea, August 12-17, 2012. (PDF), to be published in the ICCF-17 Proceedings.
  4. Y.E. Kim, "Cryogenic Ignition of Deuteron Fusion in Micro/Nano-Scale Metal Particles," Purdue Nuclear and Many Body Theory Group (PNMBTG) Preprint PNMBTG-11-2011 (November 2011). Invited paper presented at Topical Meeting of the 2012 Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS), the 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 19-23, 2012, the Woodlands, Texas. (PDF)
  5. Y.E. Kim, "Nuclear Reactions in Micro/Nano-Scale Metal Particles," Few-Body Systems 54, 25-30 (2013), invited paper presented at the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics (APFB2011), Seoul, Korea, August 22-26, 2011. (PDF)
  6. Y.E. Kim, "Generalized Theory of Bose-Einstein Condensation Nuclear Fusion for Hydrogen-Metal System," Purdue Nuclear and Many Body Theory Group (PNMBTG) Preprint PNMBTG-6-2011 (June 2011). (PDF)
  7. Y.E. Kim, "Theoretical Interpretation of Anomalous Tritium and Neutron Productions during Pd/D Co-deposition Experiments," European Physical Journal 52, 31101 (2010), DOI: 10.1051/epjap/2010161 (published online, November 30, 2010). (PDF)
  8. Y.E. Kim, "Bose-Einstein Condensate Theory of Deuteron Fusion in Metal," J. Condensed Matter Nucl. Sci. 4, 188 (2011), Proceedings of Symposium on New Energy Technologies, the 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, March 21-26, 2010. (PDF)
  9. Y.E. Kim, "Theory of Bose-Einstein condensation mechanism for deuteron-induced nuclear reactions in micro/nano-scale metal grains and particles," Naturwissenschaften, 96, 803-811 (2009), DOI 10.1007/s00114-009-0537-6 (published on line, May 14, 2009). (PDF)
  10. Y.E. Kim, "The 1908 Tunguska Cosmic Body (TCB) Explosion: Role of Hydrogen Thermonuclear Explosion in Support of Cometary Hypothesis," Few-Body Systems 44, 361-363 (2008). (PDF)
  11. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Theoretical Interpretation of Anomalous Enhancement of Nuclear Reaction Rates Observed at Low Energies with Metal Targets," Japanese Journal of Applied Physics 46, 1656-1662 (2007). (PDF)
  12. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Effect of a Generalized Particle Momentum Distribution on Plasma Nuclear Fusion Rates," Japanese Journal of Applied Physics 45, L552-L554 (June 2, 2006). (PDF)
  13. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Hydrodynamic Modes in a Trapped Strongly Interactive Fermi Gas of Atoms," J.Phys.B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 38, L243-L249 (2005). (PDF)
  14. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Mixtures of charged bosons confined in harmonic traps and Bose-Einstein condensation mechanism for low-energy nuclear reactions and transmutation processes in condensed matters," Proceedings of the ICCF-11, Marseilles, France, 2006, pp. 711-717. (PDF)
  15. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Time-Dependent Density-Functional Theory for Trapped Strongly Interacting Fermionic Atoms," Physical Review A70, 033612 (2004). (PDF)
  16. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Dynamics of Strongly Interacting Fermi Gases of Atoms in a Harmonic Trap," Physics Letters A327, 397 (2004). (PDF)
  17. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Three-Body Losses in Trapped Bose-Einstein Condensed Gases," Physical Review A69, 023602 (2004). (PDF)
  18. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Cold Bose Gases near Feshbach Resonances," Physics Letters A312, 277 (2003). (PDF)
  19. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Density Functional Theory of Bosons in a Trap," Physical Review A67, 015602 (2003). (PDF)
  20. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Equivalent Linear Two-Body Method for Bose-Einstein Condensates in Time-Dependent Harmonic Traps," Physical Review A66, 053602 (2002). (PDF)
  21. A.L. Zubarev and Y.E. Kim, "Approximation for Nonlinear Dynamics of Trapped Bose-Einstein Condensates," Physical Review A65, 035601 (2002). (PDF)
  22. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Interacting Electrons in Quantum Dots," Physics Letters A289, 155 (2001). (PDF)
  23. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Ground-State of Charged Bosons Confined in a Harmonic Trap," Physical Review A64, 013603(2001). (PDF)
  24. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Separable Structure of Many-Body Ground-State Wave Function," Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 33, 3905 (2000).
  25. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Nuclear Fusion for Bose Nuclei Confined in Ion Traps," Fusion Technology 37, 151 (2000). (PDF)
  26. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Ultra low-energy nuclear fusion of Bose nuclei in nano-scale ion traps," Italian Physical Society Proceedings 70, 375 (2000) (Proceedings of the ICCF-8 (2000)). (PDF)
  27. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Equivalent Linear Two-Body Method for Many-Body Problems," Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 33, 55 (2000).
  28. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Stability of Solution of the Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation for the Bose-Einstein Condensation," Physics Letters A 246, 389 (1998).
  29. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "The Hilbert-Schmidt Theorem Formulation of the R-Matrix Theory," Journal of Physics 31A, 6483 (1998).
  30. Y.E. Kim and A.L. Zubarev, "Asymptotic Continuum Wave Function for Three-Charged Particles," Physical Review A56, 521 (1997).
  31. Y.E. Kim, Y.J. Kim, A.L. Zubarev, and J.-H. Yoon, "Optical Theorem Formulation of Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions," Physical Review C55, 801 (1997). (PDF)

Ph.D. Theses Supervised: 10
Refereed Publications: over 200