Centre for Photonic Metamaterials, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton

General description

The Centre for Photonic Metamaterials is led by Prof Nikolay Zheludev. The research team has been initiating and leading new directions in metamaterials and nanophotonics since the very beginning of metamaterials research and is currently the highest-cited research group in the field of metamaterials in Europe. Current and emerging research directions include artificial intelligence for photonics, optical signal processing in metamaterial fibre-optic systems, nanomechanical systems for controlling light and sensing, nanophotonics for metrology, fundamental physics in metamaterials, superresolution technology based on superoscillations, coherent control of light-matter interactions, combinatorial materials discovery for nanophotonics and toroidal electrodynamics.

The group has access to the £120M Zepler Institute cleanroom complex, one of the largest and best-equipped photonics-oriented nanofabrication cleanrooms in Europe: https://www.zeplerinstitute.ac.uk/facilities

Furthermore, the group has dedicated, well-equipped laboratories for characterization of photonic structures with photons and electrons. This includes the mm-wave, THz, infrared, visible and UV parts of the spectrum. It also includes various lasers (pulsed, tuneable, …), spectrometers, a scanning electron microscope, an ellipsometer, various detectors and amplifiers, etc.

Website – http://www.nanophotonics.org.uk/niz/

Contact people – Nikolay Zheludev and Eric Plum

Contact the host – Expression of Interest Portal

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As per COFUND guidelines, fellowship programmes will be based on individual-driven mobility, i.e., researchers will be able to freely choose a research topic fitting their individual needs.

The subject of the research project is expected to contribute to European competitiveness and to be in the general field of Photonics and/or its applications. Within these limitations, applicants can freely choose both their research topic and their host organisation, in the spirit of the ‘European Charter for Researchers’.