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

Zhao R; Koschny T; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Comparison of chiral metamaterial designs for repulsive Casimir force. Physical Review B. 81:235126. abstract
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Penciu R S; Kafesaki M; Koschny T; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Magnetic response of nanoscale left-handed metamaterials. Physical Review B. 81:235111. abstract
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Guney D O; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Intra-connected three-dimensionally isotropic bulk negative index photonic metamaterial. Optics Express. 18:12348-12353. abstract
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Decker M; Zhao R; Soukoulis C M; Linden S; Wegener M . 2010. Twisted split-ring-resonator photonic metamaterial with huge optical activity. Optics Letters. 35:1593-1595. abstract
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Li Z F; Caglayan H; Colak E; Zhou J F; Soukoulis C M; Ozbay E . 2010. Coupling effect between two adjacent chiral structure layers. Optics Express. 18:5375-5383. abstract
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Ates D; Cakmak A O; Colak E; Zhao R K; Soukoulis C M; Ozbay E . 2010. Transmission enhancement through deep subwavelength apertures using connected split ring resonators. Optics Express. 18:3952-3966. abstract
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Fang A; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2010. Lasing in metamaterial nanostructures. Journal of Optics. 12:024013. abstract
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Manceau J M; Shen N H; Kafesaki M; Soukoulis C M; Tzortzakis S . 2010. Dynamic response of metamaterials in the terahertz regime: Blueshift tunability and broadband phase modulation. Applied Physics Letters. 96:021111. abstract
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Shen N H; Kenanakis G; Kafesaki M; Katsarakis N; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M . 2009. Parametric investigation and analysis of fishnet metamaterials in the microwave regime. Journal of the Optical Society of America B-Optical Physics. 26:B61-B67. abstract
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Wang B N; Zhou J F; Koschny T; Kafesaki M; Soukoulis C M . 2009. Chiral metamaterials: simulations and experiments. Journal of Optics a-Pure and Applied Optics. 11:114003. abstract
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