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Work experience

Teaching Assistant

Duke University

--Electromagnetism (Undergraduate level) -- Spring 2011

--Guided Wave Optics (Graduate level) -- Spring 2012

Jan 2008Present

Graduate Research Assistant

Duke University

-- Designed, simulated and tested of metamaterial based diffractive optical elements, including blazed gratings and computer-generated holograms. (Aug 2010 ~ present)

-- Developed various characterization systems for optical metamaterials, including near-field scanning optical microscopy and far-field imaging system. (Sep 2009 ~ present)

-- Designed, simulated, fabricated and tested plasmonic multi-mode interference (MMI) couplers. (Jan 2008 ~ Sep 2009)

-- Designed and fabricated nano-structures for Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). (July 2008 ~ Sep 2009)

Mar 2007Jul 2007

Research Assistant

National Taiwan University

-- Optimized interferometric lithography for the fabrication of diffraction gratings, advised by Dr. Lon A. Wang.

Oct 2005Feb 2007


ROC Army


Sep 2009Present


Duke University
Sep 2007May 2009


Duke University
Sep 2001Jun 2005


National Taiwan University


First Year Graduate Student Fellowship, Duke University, 2009


5 years of academic research experiences in the fields of metamaterials, plasmonics and nano-photonics. 


Fields: Metamaterials. Plasmonics. Diffractive Optics. Guided Wave Optics. Near-field Optical Microscopy. E&M modeling. Optical system design.

Design and Modeling: MATLAB. COMSOL. CST. HFSS. AutoCAD.

Fabrication: Optical lithography. Electron beam lithography. Thin-film evaporation.

Characterization: Microscopy. Spectroscopy. SEM. AFM. Near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM). Optical fiber system.

Scientific Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

1.        J. J. Mock, R. T. Hill, Y.-J. Tsai, A. Chilkoti, and D. R. Smith, "Probing Dynamically Tunable Localized Surface Plasmon Resonances of Film-Coupled Nanoparticles by Evanescent Wave Excitation," Nano Letters 12, 1757-1764 (2012).

2.        S. Larouche, Y.-J. Tsai, T. Tyler, N. M. Jokerst, and D. R. Smith, "Infrared metamaterial phase holograms," Nature Materials 11, 450-454 (2012).

3.        J. Hunt, T. Tyler, S. Dhar, Y.-J. Tsai, P. Bowen, S. Larouche, N. M. Jokerst, and D. R. Smith, "Planar, flattened Luneburg lens at infrared wavelengths," Optics Express 20, 1706-1713 (2012).

4.        Y.-J. Tsai, S. Larouche, T. Tyler, G. Lipworth, N. M. Jokerst, and D. R. Smith, "Design and fabrication of a metamaterial gradient index diffraction grating at infrared wavelengths," Optics Express 19, 24411-24423 (2011).

5.        D. R. Smith, Y.-J. Tsai, and S. Larouche, "Analysis of a Gradient Index Metamaterial Blazed Diffraction Grating," Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE 10, 1605-1608 (2011).

6.        Y.-J. Tsai, A. Degiron, N. M. Jokerst, and D. R. Smith, "Plasmonic multi-mode interference couplers," Optics Express 17, 17471-17482 (2009).

Peer Reviewed Conference Abstracts

1.        S. Larouche, Y.-J. Tsai, T. Tyler, N. M. Jokerst, and D. R. Smith, "Metamaterial infrared hologram," in Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), 2012 Conference on, 2012), 1-2.

2.        Y.-J. Tsai, S. Larouche, T. Tyler, G. Lipworth, J. Mock, N. M. Jokerst, and D. R. Smith, "Metamaterial blazed gratings," in Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), 2011 Conference on, 2011), 1-2.