QEP Group Prize

2015 QEP Doctoral Research Prize announcement

Congratulations to Dr. Jun-Yu (Bruce) Ou, winner of the 2015 QEP Doctoral Research Prize for his work on ‘Reconfigurable Photonic Metamaterials’, under the supervision of Prof. Nikolay Zheludev and Dr. Eric Plum at the Optoelectronics Research Centre and Centre for Photonic Metamaterials, University of Southampton, UK.

He is recognized for experimental research that has established a new research direction of growing international importance. By bringing together advanced nanofabrication, nano-mechanics and photonics, Bruce has demonstrated the first practical solutions for dynamic control of metamaterial optical properties with high contrast and speed using electrical signals, thermal inputs and even light itself – a true technological breakthrough.

Visit the pages of Southampton’s Nanophotonics and Metamaterials Group to find out more about their work.

2016 Doctoral Research Prize  - NOMINATIONS OPEN NOW

The QEP Doctoral Research Prize (formerly Thesis Prize) recognizes students who have conducted work of an exceptional standard in the field of quantum electronics and photonics. The winning student receives an award of £250 and a certificate.

Subject areas may include:

  • Nonlinear Optics & Spectroscopy
  • Coherent and Incoherent Light Sources
  • Laser Cooling, Trapping & Manipulation
  • Microstructured Photonic Systems
  • Quantum Information Processing
  • Laser Science
  • Metamaterials
  • Quantum Optics
  • Nanophotonics & Plasmonics
  • Magneto-optics

Supervisors are invited to submit nominations using this form.

Closing date: 4th January 2016
Eligibility: Students completing their PhD examination, to the stage of an examiners’ recommendation of at least a “pass with minor corrections”, during the 2015 calendar year may be nominated.
The winning student and host research group will be announced in early 2016.

The QEP Doctoral Research Prize is supported by Laser Physics Letters and Laser Physics [published by IOP Publishing on behalf of Astro Ltd].

Past winners
2014Tobias Herr
“Solitons and Dynamics of Frequency Comb Formation in Optical Microresonators”
K-Lab, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
2013Sebastian Weustner
“Gain and Plasmon Dynamics in Active Nanoplasmonic Metamaterials”
Condensed Matter Theory Group
, Imperial College London
2012Paul Siddons
“Faraday Rotation of Pulsed and Continuous-wave Light in Atomic Vapour”
Atomic and Molecular Physics Group
, Durham University
2011Eric Plum
“Chirality And Metamaterials”
Nanophotonics and Metamaterials Group
, University of Southampton

Nikitas Papasimakis
“Trapped-modes, Slow Light and Collective Resonances in Metamaterials”
Nanophotonics and Metamaterials Group
, University of Southampton

Kosmas Tsakmakidis
“Ultra-slow and stopped light in metamaterials”
Condensed Matter Theory Group, Imperial College London

2009Fernando Brandao, Imperial College London
2008Sarah Croke, Strathclyde University
2007Matthias Ediger, Heriot-Watt University
2006John Morton, Oxford University
2005Jörg Evers, Universität Freiburg
2004Hyunseok Jeong, Queen's University Belfast
Seán Martin O'Flaherty, Trinity College Dublin
2003Dimitris Angelakis, Imperial College London