ORC Seminar Series

"Photonic Metamaterials: Optics Starts Walking on Two Feet"


Martin Wegener
Universitat Karlsruhe, Germany

Date: Wednesday 7 November 2007
Time: 2pm
Venue: Building 44 (Psychology) Room 1041 (Lecture Theatre A)


Metamaterials are artificial structures composed of sub-wavelength functional building blocks that are densely packed into an effective material. Nanotechnology has brought these ideas to the optical regime, allowing for magnetism, negative refraction, and enhanced nonlinear responses. The talk gives an introduction into this emerging field and reviews recent progress.


Martin Wegener was appointed Professor at the Institut für Angewandte Physik of the Universität Karlsruhe in 1995. He is also member of the “Senat” of the Universitat Karlsruhe. Since 2001 he has led one of the research groups at the Institut fur Nanotechnologie of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. He is coordinator of the DFG Centre of Excellence “Functional Nanostructures” and head of the DFG graduate college “Collective Phenomena in Solids”.

In addition, Martin Wegener has received many awards for his scientific achievements, including the "Research Award of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung" (1993), the "Descartes Prize of the European Union" (2005), "Extending Electromagnetism through Novel Artifical Materials" and the "Carl Zeiss Research Award" (2006).

In 2005 Martin Wegener became the Topical Editor for the Journal of the Optical Society of America B and he was Chairman of the International Conference NOEKS 7 (Nonlinear Optics and Excitation Kinetics in Semiconductors) in 2003.

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