CUP Center for Underground Physics
Professor Yeongduk Kim graduated from the Nuclear Engineering department of Seoul National University.
His Ph. D. thesis was about "Multi-fraementation in intermediate nucleus-nucleus collisions". The Miniball detector professor Kim manufactured has been used to detect various nuclear fragments in intermediate energy heavy-ion collisions. Afterwards, he worked as a post-doctor in Indiana university, and had been the JSPS post-doctoral fellow in the high energy physics laboratory in Tsukuba (KEK), Japan. During his stay at KEK, he developed world fastest timing detector with scintillating material to measure the lifetime of hypernuclei for the first time.
After returning to Seoul National University as a brain-pool researcher in 1995, he continued working on hyper-nuclear physics as well as on installing an accelerator mass spectroscopy accelerator.
In 1998, he became an assistant professor at Sejong University and became interested in the non-accelerator nuclear and particle physics experiments. In 2002 he began a dark matter search experiment, KIMS (Korean Invisible Mass Search), with Professors Sunkee Kim and Hongjoo Kim. He made a main contribution to KIMS project by finding a method to reduce Cs137 isotopes in CsI crystals, which enabled the search for dark matter with the crystals.
After he had heard about the possibility to measure the 3rd mixing angle of the neutrinos, he began a neutrino oscillation experiment (RENO) with Seoul National University group, which resulted in a successful measurement of that mixing angle. Also he is interested in the neutrinoless double beta decay using scintillating crystals, and is a executive member of AMoRE experiment. He has been the PI for KIMS experiment since 2012, and became a director of the research center of Institute for Basic Science (IBS).
B.S. in physics. Department of Physics, Seoul National University, Korea
Doctor of Science in physics. Michigan State University, USA
Director, Center for Underground Physics IBS
Visiting Scholar, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Visiting Scholar, Columbia University
Professor, Department of Physics, Sejong University
Researcher, Seoul National University, Korea
Researcher, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Japan
Researcher, Indiana University, USA
Outstanding Faculty, Sejong University
Techniques ; scintillator, Subjects ; Dark Matter Search, Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay
AAP2013 conference chair
PI of KIMS experiment
"Neutrino Factory" IAC member
Korea-CERN collaboration supporting committee member
Executive committee member of AMoRE experiment
Members of Korean Physical Society