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

Alici K B; Turhan A B; Soukoulis C M; Ozbay E . 2011. Optically thin composite resonant absorber at the near-infrared band: a polarization independent and spectrally broadband configuration. Optics Express. 19:14260-14267. abstract
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Foteinopoulou S; Kafesaki M; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M . 2011. Two-dimensional polaritonic photonic crystals as terahertz uniaxial metamaterials. Physical Review B. 84:035128. abstract
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Fang A A; Huang Z X; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2011. Overcoming the losses of a split ring resonator array with gain. Optics Express. 19:12688-12699. abstract
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Zhao R; Koschny T; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M . 2011. Repulsive Casimir forces with finite-thickness slabs. Physical Review B. 83:075108. abstract
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Zhao R; Zhang L; Zhou J; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2011. Conjugated gammadion chiral metamaterial with uniaxial optical activity and negative refractive index. Physical Review B. 83:035105. abstract
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Shen N H; Massaouti M; Gokkavas M; Manceau J M; Ozbay E; Kafesaki M; Koschny T; Tzortzakis S; Soukoulis C M . 2011. Optically Implemented Broadband Blueshift Switch in the Terahertz Regime. Physical Review Letters. 106:037403. abstract
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Guney D O; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2011. Surface plasmon driven electric and magnetic resonators for metamaterials. Physical Review B. 83:045107. abstract
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Li Z F; Zhao R K; Koschny T; Kafesaki M; Alici K B; Colak E; Caglayan H; Ozbay E; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Chiral metamaterials with negative refractive index based on four "U" split ring resonators. Applied Physics Letters. 97:081901. abstract
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Dai W; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Control of beaming angles via a subwavelength metallic slit surrounded by grooves. Physical Review B. 82:045427. abstract
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Soukoulis C M; Wegener M . 2010. Optical Metamaterials-More Bulky and Less Lossy. Science. 330:1633-1634. abstract
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