Attraction of the leading scientists to Russian institutions of higher learning, research organizations of the governmental academies of sciences, and governmental research centers of the Russian Federation

International Research Center for Nano-Photonics and Metamaterials

About the laboratry

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning, research institutions of the governmental academies of sciences and governmental research centers of the Russian Federation (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Grant Agreement No.: 11.G34.31.0020

Host institution of higher learning:
State educational institution of higher professional education "St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and Optics"

Scientific research area:

Project goal:
To research metamaterials and opportunities for their application in highly technological industry sectors.

Key project objectives:
1. To develop nonlinear, nonlocal, and configurable metamaterials;
2. To advance the development of transformational optics, near-field microscopy and microwave machinery using metamaterials.

Anticipated project outputs:
1. The project will help design, analyze, and engineer specific metamaterials and devices based thereupon;
2. The project will help identify original effects associated with various metamaterials.

Potential application areas:
1. Metamaterials can be used as components of various highly technological optical and microwave devices;
2. Metamaterials can be used as components of new generation data transmission and processing devices.

Leading scientist

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Leading scientist's full name: Kivshar, Yuri Semyonovich

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Academic degree and title:
Candidate of physical and mathematical sciences, member of the Australian Academy of Sciences.

Job title:
Head of the Nonlinear Phyics Center at the National University of Australia (Canberra)

Field of scientific interests:
1. Nonlinear optics;
2. Metamaterials;
3. Photonic crystals;
4. Photonics.

Scientific recognition:
- Author of more than 800 scientific articles published in peer review journals 284 of which have been published in the past five years;
- Has overseen 32 graduate students as they prepared their dissertations;
- Is one of the "Top 100 people who have made a significant positive contribution to the life in Australia".

Awards and distinctions:
- Medal and first prize in physics for young researchers under 30 years old from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (1989);
- Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation scholarship (Germany, 1990);
- University of Edinburg scholarship (Scotland, 1992);
- Stefanos Pneumatikos Award for a fundamental contribution to the research of classic dynamics of solitons (1995);
- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science scholarship (1995);
- Australian Institute of Physics scholarship (1996);

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