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Mr Charlie-Ray Mann

Postgraduate Researcher (Metamaterials CDT 2015)

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Telephone: 01392 725018

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Currently, I am in the second year of my PhD in theoretical physics in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials where I am supervised by Dr. Eros Mariani & Prof. Bill Barnes.

I am interested in how we can manipulate the properties of light through interaction with matter. Recently, we have developed an analytical quantum theory of the polariton modes supported by cavity-embedded honeycomb metasurfaces. Here, we predict the emergence of a new type of quasiparticle - the Dirac polariton - whose fundamental properties are dictated by the coupling strength to the surrounding photonic environment which can be tuned by simply adjusting the cavity height (preprint here). 

In 2015, I graduated from the University of Exeter with a 1st class degree in Physics, during which I was awarded two scholarships for academic excellence and received the Bertie Black Prize for the most outstanding academic performance in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS).

Having grown up in Cornwall, rugby became a huge passion of mine where I represented Cornwall and Devon counties at under 15s, 16s, and 18s age group levels. Whilst always fascinated by science and mathematics my real passion for physics was only ignited during my A-levels where I achieved four A*'s in physics, mathematics, further mathematics, and biology. Since then I have never looked back.

Education

  • 2010-2012 A levels (Physics A*, Maths A*, Further Maths A*, Biology A*).
  • 2012-2015 BSc (Hons) in Physics, 1st class, University of Exeter.
  • 2015-present PhD in Theoretical Physics, University of Exeter.

Awards

  • Excellence at Exeter Scholarship (2012).
  • Eliahou Dangoor Scholarship (2012).
  • Exeter Physics Award for best academic performance (2013, 2014, 2015).
  • Dean's Commendation Award (2013, 2014, 2015).
  • Bertie Black Prize for most outstanding academic performance in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (2015).
  • Most outstanding contributed talk at Rank Prize Symposium on Electromagnetic Metasurfaces, Grasmere, UK (2017).

Conference presentations

  • Dirac Plasmon Polaritons with Tunable Stopped Light and Chirality Inversion, MAST STC Defence Materials Forum, Exeter, UK, May 2016.
  • Dirac Plasmon Polaritons with Tunable Stopped Light and Chirality Inversion, New Horizons in Nanophotonics, Royal Society meeting, Chichley Hall, UK, May 2016.
  • Tunable Dirac Polaritons in Cavity-Embedded Honeycomb Metasurfaces, Rank Prize Symposium on Electromagnetic Metasurfaces, Grasmere, UK, March 2017.

Collaborations

  • Thomas J. Sturges - University of Warsaw, Poland.
  • Guillaume Weick - University of Strasbourg, France.
  • Fabian Pauly - University of Konstanz, Germany.
  • Simon Lamowski - University of Konstanz, Germany.

Teaching

  • Demonstrator for Thermal Physics, Electromagnetism II, Condensed Matter, and Quantum Mechanics. 

Outreach

  • Leader of the "Metabuddies" program aimed at getting early career researchers into schools.
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