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

Tassin P; Koschny T; Kafesaki M; Soukoulis C M . 2012. A comparison of graphene, superconductors and metals as conductors for metamaterials and plasmonics. Nature Photonics. 6:259-264. abstract
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Ginis V; Tassin P; Danckaert J; Soukoulis C M; Veretennicoff I . 2012. Creating electromagnetic cavities using transformation optics. New Journal of Physics. 14:033007. abstract
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Li Z F; Alici K B; Caglayan H; Kafesaki M; Soukoulis C M; Ozbay E . 2012. Composite chiral metamaterials with negative refractive index and high values of the figure of merit. Optics Express. 20:6146-6156. abstract
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Kurter C; Tassin P; Zhuravel A P; Zhang L; Koschny T; Ustinov A V; Soukoulis C M; Anlage S M . 2012. Switching nonlinearity in a superconductor-enhanced metamaterial. Applied Physics Letters. 100:121906. abstract
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Shen N H; Koschny T; Kafesaki M; Soukoulis C M . 2012. Optical metamaterials with different metals. Physical Review B. 85:075120. abstract
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Vasilantonakis N; Terzaki K; Sakellari I; Purlys V; Gray D; Soukoulis C M; Vamvakaki M; Kafesaki M; Farsari M . 2012. Three-Dimensional Metallic Photonic Crystals with Optical Bandgaps. Advanced Materials. 24:1101-1105. abstract
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Soukoulis C M; Wegener M . 2011. Past achievements and future challenges in the development of three-dimensional photonic metamaterials. Nature Photonics. 5:523-530. abstract
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Decker M; Feth N; Soukoulis C M; Linden S; Wegener M . 2011. Retarded long-range interaction in split-ring-resonator square arrays. Physical Review B. 84:085416. abstract
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Bergmair I; Dastmalchi B; Bergmair M; Saeed A; Hilber W; Hesser G; Helgert C; Pshenay-Severin E; Pertsch T; Kley E B; Hubner U; Shen N H; Penciu R; Kafesaki M; Soukoulis C M; Hingerl K; Muehlberger M; Schoeftner R . 2011. Single and multilayer metamaterials fabricated by nanoimprint lithography. Nanotechnology. 22:325301. abstract
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Kurter C; Tassin P; Zhang L; Koschny T; Zhuravel A P; Ustinov A V; Anlage S M; Soukoulis C M . 2011. Classical Analogue of Electromagnetically Induced Transparency with a Metal-Superconductor Hybrid Metamaterial. Physical Review Letters. 107:043901. abstract
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