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Lei Kang

Assistant Research Professor


  • Electrical Engineering

301 Electrical Engineering East






Journal Articles

  • Eric Whiting, Lei Kang, Ronald Jenkins, Sawyer Campbell and Douglas Werner, 2023, "Broadband plasmonic chiral meta-mirrors", Optics Express, 31
  • Lei Kang, Yuhao Wu and Douglas Werner, 2023, "Nonlinear Chiral Metasurfaces Based on the Optical Kerr Effect", Advanced Optical Materials, 11, pp. 8
  • Albanie K Hendrickson-Stives, Lei Kang, Nicole R Donahue, Christine D Keating and Douglas Werner, 2022, "3D printed metamaterial absorbers for mid-infrared surface-enhanced spectroscopy", Applied Physics Letters, 120, (19), pp. 191703
  • Yuhao Wu, Lei Kang and Douglas Werner, 2022, "Active quasi-BIC optical vortex generators for ultrafast switching", New Journal of Physics, 24, (3), pp. 033002
  • Eric B Whiting, Michael D Goldflam, Lei Kang, Michael B Sinclair, Katherine M Musick, Sawyer Campbell, D Bruce Burckel and Douglas Werner, 2022, "Broadband Asymmetric Transmission of Linearly Polarized Mid-Infrared Light Based on Quasi-3D Metamaterials", Advanced Functional Materials, 32, (16), pp. 2109659
  • Lei Kang, Joshua A Robinson and Douglas Werner, 2022, "Exploiting plasmons in 2D metals for refractive index sensing: Simulation study", Journal of Applied Physics, 132, (22), pp. 223103
  • Yuhao Wu, Lei Kang and Douglas Werner, 2022, "Generalized P T Symmetry in Non-Hermitian Wireless Power Transfer Systems", Physical review letters, 129, (20), pp. 200201
  • Lingqiang Meng, Yelong Lu, Xin Sha, Yu Zhang, Wenquan Liu, Lei Kang, Kuniaki Konishi, Douglas Werner and Jia Li, 2022, "Photoconductor-metadevices: an enabling platform for dual-optical/electrical modulation of terahertz waves", Applied Physics Express, 15, (9), pp. 092007
  • Peng Wang, Rui Hu, Xiaotian Huang, Teng Wang, Shulin Hu, Min Hu, Huanhuan Xu, Xiaoyu Li, Keshuai Liu, Shengxiang Wang and Lei Kang, 2022, "Terahertz chiral metamaterials enabled by textile manufacturing", Advanced Materials, 34, (16), pp. 2110590
  • Yuhao Wu, Sarah N Chowdhury, Lei Kang, Soham S Saha, Alexandra Boltasseva, Alexander V Kildishev and Douglas Werner, 2022, "Zinc oxide (ZnO) hybrid metasurfaces exhibiting broadly tunable topological properties", Nanophotonics, 11, (17), pp. 3933--3942
  • Lei Kang, Huaguang Bao and Douglas Werner, 2021, "Efficient second-harmonic generation in high Q-factor asymmetric lithium niobate metasurfaces", Optics Letters, 46, (3), pp. 633--636
  • Lei Kang, Yuhao Wu, Xuezhi Ma, Shoufeng Lan and Douglas Werner, 2021, "High-Harmonic Optical Vortex Generation from Photonic Bound States in the Continuum", Advanced Optical Materials, pp. 2101497
  • Zehua Li, Lei Kang, Robert W Lord, Kyoungweon Park, Andrew Gillman, Richard A Vaia, Raymond Schaak, Douglas Werner and Kenneth Knappenberger, 2021, "Plasmon-Mediated Chiroptical Second Harmonic Generation from Seemingly Achiral Gold Nanorods", ACS Nanoscience Au
  • Wending Mai, Lei Kang, Ronald Jenkins, Danny Zhu, Chunxu Mao, Pingjuan L Werner, Yifan Chen and Douglas Werner, 2020, "A Knotted Metamolecule with Axisymmetric Strong Optical Activity", Advanced Optical Materials, 8, (23), pp. 2000948
  • Zhi Hao Jiang, Lei Kang, Taiwei Yue, He-Xiu Xu, Yuanjie Yang, Zhongwei Jin, Changyuan Yu, Wei Hong, Douglas Werner and Cheng-Wei Qiu, 2020, "A Single Noninterleaved Metasurface for High-Capacity and Flexible Mode Multiplexing of Higher-Order Poincar\'e Sphere Beams", Advanced Materials, 32, (6), pp. 1903983
  • Mikhail Y Shalaginov, Sawyer Campbell, Sensong An, Yifei Zhang, R\'\ios, Carlos, Eric B Whiting, Yuhao Wu, Lei Kang, Bowen Zheng, Clayton Fowler and others, 2020, "Design for quality: reconfigurable flat optics based on active metasurfaces", Nanophotonics, 1, (ahead-of-print)
  • Yuhao Wu, Lei Kang, Huaguang Bao and Douglas Werner, 2020, "Exploiting Topological Properties of Mie-Resonance-Based Hybrid Metasurfaces for Ultrafast Switching of Light Polarization", ACS Photonics, 7, (9), pp. 2362--2373
  • Nicole R Famularo, Lei Kang, Zehua Li, Tian Zhao, Kenneth Knappenberger, Christine D Keating and Douglas Werner, 2020, "Linear and nonlinear chiroptical response from individual 3D printed plasmonic and dielectric micro-helices", The Journal of Chemical Physics, 153, (15), pp. 154702
  • Eric B Whiting, Sawyer Campbell, Lei Kang and Douglas Werner, 2020, "Meta-atom library generation via an efficient multi-objective shape optimization method", Optics Express, 28, (16), pp. 24229--24242
  • Lingfei Li, Junzhuan Wang, Lei Kang, Wei Liu, Li Yu, Binjie Zheng, Mark L Brongersma, Douglas Werner, Shoufeng Lan, Yi Shi and others, 2020, "Monolithic Full-Stokes Near-Infrared Polarimetry with Chiral Plasmonic Metasurface Integrated Graphene--Silicon Photodetector", ACS nano, 14, (12), pp. 16634--16642
  • Lei Kang, Cheng-Yu Wang, Xuexue Guo, Xingjie Ni, Zhiwen Liu and Douglas Werner, 2020, "Nonlinear chiral meta-mirrors: enabling technology for ultrafast switching of light polarization", Nano letters, 20, (3), pp. 2047--2055
  • Lei Kang, Huaguang Bao and Douglas Werner, 2019, "Interference-enhanced optical magnetism in surface high-index resonators: a pathway toward high-performance ultracompact linear and nonlinear meta-optics", Photonics Research, 7, (11), pp. 1296--1305
  • Yusheng Bian, Qiang Ren, Lei Kang, Taiwei Yue, Pingjuan L Werner and Douglas Werner, 2018, "Deep-subwavelength light transmission in hybrid nanowire-loaded silicon nano-rib waveguides", Photonics Research, 6, (1), pp. 37--45
  • Zhi Hao Jiang, Lei Kang, Wei Hong and Douglas Werner, 2018, "Highly efficient broadband multiplexed millimeter-wave vortices from metasurface-enabled transmit-arrays of subwavelength thickness", Physical Review Applied, 9, (6), pp. 064009
  • Lei Kang, Sean P Rodrigues and Mohammad Taghinejad, 2017, "Preserving Spin States upon Reflection: Linear and Nonlinear Responses of a Chiral Meta-Mirror", Nano Letters, 17, pp. 8
  • zhihao jiang, Lei Kang and Douglas Werner, 2017, "Conformal metasurface-coated dielectric waveguides for highly confined broadband optical activity with simultaneous low-visibility and reduced crosstalk", Nature communications, 8, pp. 10
  • lei kang, Qiang Ren and douglas werner, 2017, "Leveraging Superchiral Light for Manipulation of Optical Chirality in the Near-Field of Plasmonic Metamaterials", ACS Photonics, 4, pp. 8
  • Sarah J Boehm, Lei Kang, Douglas Werner and Christine D Keating, 2016, "Field-Switchable Broadband Polarizer Based on Reconfigurable Nanowire Assemblies", Advanced functional materials, 27, pp. 8
  • liu liu, Lei Kang, Theresa S Mayer and Douglas Werner, 2016, "Hybrid metamaterials for electrically triggered multifunctional control", NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 7, pp. 8

Conference Proceedings

  • Lei Kang, Yuhao Wu, Sawyer Campbell, Douglas Werner, Xuezhi Ma and Shoufeng Lan, 2022, "Generating High-Harmonic Optical Vortex Beams from Photonic Bound States in the Continuum", pp. 960--961
  • Yuhao Wu, Lei Kang, Sawyer Campbell, Pingjuan L Werner and Douglas Werner, 2022, "Light-switchable quasi-BIC optical vortex generators", 12196, pp. 52--57
  • Lei Kang, Huaguang Bao, Yuhao Wu, Sawyer Campbell and Douglas Werner, 2022, "Second-harmonic Generation from Asymmetric Lithium Niobate Metasurfaces", pp. 958--959

Research Projects

  • June 2023 - June 2023, "SHAPING LIGHT USING 2D POLAR METAL METASURFACES," (Sponsor: NSF).

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