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

Zhang L; Tassin P; Koschny T; Kurter C; Anlage S M; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Large group delay in a microwave metamaterial analog of electromagnetically induced transparency. Applied Physics Letters. 97:241904. abstract
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Zhao R K; Tassin P; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Optical forces in nanowire pairs and metamaterials. Optics Express. 18:25665-25676. abstract
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Zhao R; Zhou J; Koschny T; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Comment on "Repulsive Casimir Force in Chiral Metamaterials'' Reply. Physical Review Letters. 105:189302. abstract
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Meinzer N; Ruther M; Linden S; Soukoulis C M; Khitrova G; Hendrickson J; Olitzky J D; Gibbs H M; Wegener M . 2010. Arrays of Ag split-ring resonators coupled to InGaAs single-quantum-well gain. Optics Express. 18:24140-24151. abstract
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McCauley A P; Zhao R K; Reid M T H; Rodriguez A W; Zhou J F; Rosa F S S; Joannopoulos J D; Dalvit D A R; Soukoulis C M; Johnson S G . 2010. Microstructure effects for Casimir forces in chiral metamaterials. Physical Review B. 82:165108. abstract
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Ginis V; Tassin P; Soukoulis C M; Veretennicoff I . 2010. Confining light in deep subwavelength electromagnetic cavities. Physical Review B. 82:113102. abstract
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Fang A; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Self-consistent calculations of loss-compensated fishnet metamaterials. Physical Review B. 82:121102. abstract
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Kafesaki M; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Electrical Transport and Optical Properties of Inhomogeneous Media Preface. Physica B-Condensed Matter. 405:2907-2907. abstract
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Diem M; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Transmission in the vicinity of the Dirac point in hexagonal photonic crystals. Physica B-Condensed Matter. 405:2990-2995. abstract
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Zhao R K; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Chiral metamaterials: retrieval of the effective parameters with and without substrate. Optics Express. 18:14553-14567. abstract
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