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

Dai W; Soukoulis C M . 2009. Theoretical analysis of the surface wave along a metal-dielectric interface. Physical Review B. 80:155407. abstract
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Zhao R; Zhou J; Koschny T; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M . 2009. Repulsive Casimir Force in Chiral Metamaterials. Physical Review Letters. 103:103602. abstract
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Shen N H; Foteinopoulou S; Kafesaki M; Koschny T; Ozbay E; Economou E N; Soukoulis C M . 2009. Compact planar far-field superlens based on anisotropic left-handed metamaterials. Physical Review B. 80:115123. abstract
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Guney D O; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2009. Reducing ohmic losses in metamaterials by geometric tailoring. Physical Review B. 80:125129. abstract
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Decker M; Ruther M; Kriegler C E; Zhou J; Soukoulis C M; Linden S; Wegener M . 2009. Strong optical activity from twisted-cross photonic metamaterials. Optics Letters. 34:2501-2503. abstract
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Dong J F; Zhou J F; Koschny T; Soukoulis C . 2009. Bi-layer cross chiral structure with strong optical activity and negative refractive index. Optics Express. 17:14172-14179. abstract
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Economou E N; Kafesaki M; Soukoulis C M; Koschny T . 2009. The Fourth Quadrant in the epsilon, mu Plane: A New Frontier in Optics. Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience. 6:1827-1836. abstract
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Zhou J F; Koschny T; Kafesaki M; Soukoulis C M . 2009. Negative refractive index response of weakly and strongly coupled optical metamaterials. Physical Review B. 80:035109. abstract
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Wang B N; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2009. Wide-angle and polarization-independent chiral metamaterial absorber. Physical Review B. 80:033108. abstract
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Fang A; Koschny T; Soukoulis C M . 2009. Optical anisotropic metamaterials: Negative refraction and focusing. Physical Review B. 79:245127. abstract
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