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

Chatzakis I; Luo L; Wang J; Shen N H; Koschny T; Zhou J; Soukoulis C M . 2012. Reversible modulation and ultrafast dynamics of terahertz resonances in strongly photoexcited metamaterials. Physical Review B. 86:125110. abstract
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Shen N H; Zhang L; Koschny T; Dastmalchi B; Kafesaki M; Soukoulis C M . 2012. Discontinuous design of negative index metamaterials based on mode hybridization. Applied Physics Letters. 101:081913. abstract
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Fietz C; Soukoulis C M . 2012. Scattering matrix of the boundary of a nonlocal metamaterial. Physical Review B. 86:085146. abstract
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Zhou J F; Chowdhury D R; Zhao R K; Azad A K; Chen H T; Soukoulis C M; Taylor A J; O'Hara J F . 2012. Terahertz chiral metamaterials with giant and dynamically tunable optical activity. Physical Review B. 86:035448. abstract
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Basharin A A; Kafesaki M; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M . 2012. Backward wave radiation from negative permittivity waveguides and its use for THz subwavelength imaging. Optics Express. 20:12752-12760. abstract
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Fang A A; Huang Z; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2012. Loss compensated negative index material at optical wavelengths. Photonics and Nanostructures-Fundamentals and Applications. 10:276-280. abstract
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Reyes-Coronado A; Acosta M F; Merino R I; Orera V M; Kenanakis G; Katsarakis N; Kafesaki M; Mavidis C; de Abajo J G; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M . 2012. Self-organization approach for THz polaritonic metamaterials. Optics Express. 20:14663-14682. abstract
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Fietz C; Soukoulis C M . 2012. Finite element simulation of microphotonic lasing system. Optics Express. 20:11548-11560. abstract
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Zou Y H; Tassin P; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2012. Interaction between graphene and metamaterials: split rings vs. wire pairs. Optics Express. 20:12198-12204. abstract
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Huang Z X; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2012. Theory of Pump-Probe Experiments of Metallic Metamaterials Coupled to a Gain Medium. Physical Review Letters. 108:187402. abstract
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