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VUB researcher Vincent Ginis receives prestigious scholarship

SPIE Scholarship for VUB doctoral Student Vincent Ginis

Vincent Ginis, who is attached to the Applied Physics (APHY) research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as a doctoral student, was awarded the renowned scholarship of The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) on Wednesday 22 August in San Diego, USA.

Engineer Vincent Ginis is a member of the department of Photonics, the science that investigates how light works. His doctoral research, under the guidance of Prof. Irina Veretennicoff, Prof. Jan Danckaert and Dr Philippe Tassin, examines the physics of the interaction of light with metamaterials within the framework of transformation optics.

His doctoral research demonstrates how time-dependent metamaterials can change the frequency of optical signals, in a way that is analogous to the cosmological redshift of electromagnetic radiation. He also considered a new way in which light can be shut in within metamaterial resonators, whereby these can be made smaller than the wavelength of the shut-in light. As such, his research contributes to the further miniaturisation of photonics and the integration of complex optical components at nanoscale dimensions.

Vincent Ginis is the second Fleming to be awarded this distinctive accolade. Philippe Tassin, also a researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, was the first a few years ago. Further information about Vincent Ginis is available on his personal website.