Costas Soukoulis

Ames Laboratory Associate and Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University
A519 Zaffarano Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone 515-294-2816
Fax 515-294-0689

Research Interests

Development of theoretical understanding of the properties of disordered systems, with emphasis on electron and photon localization, photonic crystals, random lasers, metamaterials, left-handed materials, random magnetic systems, nonlinear systems, and amorphous semiconductors. The theoretical models developed are often quite sophisticated to accurately reflect the complexity of real materials.

        Project Affiliations:
        Photonic Systems

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(Chronologically most recent on top)Education

  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Chicago, 1978
  • M.S. Physics, University of Chicago, 1975
  • B.S. Physics, University of Athens, Athens, Greece, 1974

(Chronologically most recent on top)Professional Appointments

  • 2007 - present Frances M. Craig Endowed Chair, Iowa State University
  • 2005 - present Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University
  • 1990 - present Senior Scientist, Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University
  • 1990 - 2005 Professor, Department of Physics and Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University
  • 1986 - 1990 Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University
  • 1984 - 1986 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University
  • 1981 - 1984 Research Physicist, Exxon Corporate Research Laboratories
  • 1978 - 1981 Visit. Assistant Professor, Physics Department, Univ. of Virginia

(Chronologically most recent on top)Honors & Awards

  • 2005 Descartes Prize for Research, European Union
  • 2002 Energy 100 Award and Science 100 Award, U. S. DOE., Humboldt Senior Research Award
  • 2002 Fellow, Optical Society of America
  • 2002 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2001 Iowa State University Outstanding Achievement in Research
  • 2000 LAS Excellence in Research Award, Iowa State University
  • 1992, 1995, 2000 Director of NATO ASI on Photonic Crystals
  • 1992 Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics, DOE
  • 1991 Fellow, American Physical Society

(Chronologically most recent on top)Publications with the Ames Laboratory

Luo L; Chatzakis I; Wang J G; Niesler F B P; Wegener M; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2014. Broadband terahertz generation from metamaterials. Nature Communications. 5:3055. abstract
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Fan Y C; Wei Z Y; Li H Q; Chen H; Soukoulis C M . 2013. Photonic band gap of a graphene-embedded quarter-wave stack. Physical Review B. 88:241403. abstract
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Soukoulis C M . 2013. Greece in crisis. Nature Materials. 12:683-685. abstract
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Tassin P; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2013. Graphene for Terahertz Applications. Science. 341:620-621. abstract
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Zheng J; Chen Y H; Chen Z F; Wang X G; Han P; Yong Z H; Wang Y; Leung C W; Soukoulis C M . 2013. Investigation of interface states in single-negative metamaterial layered structures based on the phase properties. Optics Express. 21:16742-16752. abstract
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Chatzakis I; Tassin P; Luo L; Shen N H; Zhang L; Wang J G; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2013. One-and two-dimensional photo-imprinted diffraction gratings for manipulating terahertz waves. Applied Physics Letters. 103:043101. abstract
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Shi F H; Chen Y H; Han P; Soukoulis C M . 2013. Investigation of one-dimensional photonic bandgap structures containing lossy double-negative metamaterials through the Bloch impedance. Journal of the Optical Society of America B-Optical Physics. 30:1473-1478. abstract
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Shen N H; Koschny T; Kafesaki M; Soukoulis C M . 2013. Robust wedge demonstration to optical negative index metamaterials. Applied Physics Letters. 102:241915. abstract
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Massaouti M; Basharin A A; Kafesaki M; Acosta M F; Merino R I; Orera V M; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M; Tzortzakis S . 2013. Eutectic epsilon-near-zero metamaterial terahertz waveguides. Optics Letters. 38:1140-1142. abstract
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Basharin A A; Mavidis C; Kafesaki M; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M . 2013. Epsilon near zero based phenomena in metamaterials. Physical Review B. 87:155130. abstract
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