Speaker: Prof. Hamza Kurt, TOBB-ETÜ

Topic: "Slow Light and Optical Cloaking"

Location: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: In recent years, there have been huge research efforts in the field of nanophotonics to reduce the speed of light (ultimately reaching zero group velocity) and manipulate the way that light interacts with the objects. While optical communication ensures high speed data transportation what would be the benefits of slowing down the light propagation in optical waveguides. Similarly, detection and imaging are very important applications of photonics. However, making an object invisible (if possible) at first seems counterintuitive. The importance of optical invisibility and slow light studies will be explained during the presentation.

Bio: Hamza Kurt received the B.S. degree from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, in 2000, the M.S. degree from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, USA, in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2006, all in electrical and electronics engineering. He was a Research Fellow with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Bio-photonics Research Lab, Los Angeles, from 2001 to 2002. He was a post-doctoral Research Fellow with Georgia Tech for a short period and then he has spent a year with the Institut d’Optique Graduate School, Paris, France, as a post-doctoral Scientist. Since December 2007, he has been with the TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara and promoted to full-professor level in 2015. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers including two invited papers and six single-author papers. He has given contributed and invited presentations and published more than 100 conference abstracts and proceedings. His current research interests include nanophotonics including the design and analysis of nanophotonic materials and media for the realization of wavelength and sub-wavelength scale optical elements, slow light structures, graded index optics, high-resolution imaging, polarization insensitive devices, optical cavities/waveguides, optical biosensors, and metasurfaces (flat-optics).

Prof. Kurt received the Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award 2010, TOBB University and Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award (TUBA-GEBIP) 2010. He is a member of the Optical Society of America, IEEE Photonics Society and associate member of Turkish Academy of Sciences. He is director of nanophotonics research group at TOBB University in Ankara.

  Date and Time




  • Ankara, Ankara
  • Turkey



Prof. Hamza Kurt


Slow Light and Optical Cloaking