Skip to Content
Report an accessibility problem
Kong-Thon Tsen

Kong-Thon Tsen

Professor, Department of Physics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Department of Physics
Arizona State University
PO Box 871504
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor, Department of Physics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Tsen's research interest focuses on the interaction of light with solid state and biological systems in particular, on the use of ultrafast laser sources to elucidate novel electron transport phenomena, dynamical properties of lattice vibrations in low-dimensional and nanostructure semiconductors as well as microscopic mechanisms in biological systems such as viruses, bacteria and cells. He has more than 160 publications and has edited 4 books in the area of ultrafast phenomena in semiconductors. Books edited: (1) Ultrafast Phenomena in Semiconductors published by Springer-Verlag (New York,2001). (2) Ultrafast Physical Processes in Semiconductors, published by Academic Press as the book Volume #67 in the series - Semiconductors and Semimetals, edited by R.K. Willardson and E.R. Weber(New York, 2001). (3) Ultrafast Dynamical Processes in Semiconductors, published as the book Volume #92 in the series - Topics in Applied Physics, by Springer-Verlag (Heidelberg, 2004). (4) Non-equilibrium Dynamics of Semiconductors and Nanostructures, published by CRC Press Inc. (New York, 2005).


  • PhD, Experimental and Solid State Physics, Purdue University, 1983
  • MS, Physics, Purdue University, 1978
  • BS, Physics, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan, 1974


Journal Articles


Tsen, K., D. K. Ferry, S. M. Goodnick, A. Salvador and H. Morkoc. 1999. Decay of the longitudinal optical phonons in wurtzite GaN and AlxGa1−xN. Physica B: Condensed Matter 272(1-4):406-408. DOI: 10.1016/S0921-4526(99)00312-9. (link )

Conference Papers


Tsen, K., S. D. Tsen, C. Chang, C. Hung, T. Wu, B. Ramakrishna, K. Mossman and J. G. Kiang. 2008. Inactivation of viruses with a femtosecond laser via impulsive stimulated Raman scattering. SPIE Proceedings: Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XIX. (link )