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Prof Euan Hendry

Associate Professor


Telephone: 01392 725654

Extension: (Streatham) 5654

Exploring the interaction between light and matter lies at the heart of all of my research. In recent years I have also developed a strong interest in photonics, and my most recent research investigates plasmons in mircro and nano-structured materials, and the optical properties of graphene structures. Ongoing research areas include

THz magnonics and plasmonics:

Terahertz electromagnetic radiation is one of the last remaining unexplored regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Until relatively recently, the THz region (0.1-3 THz, 0.1-3 mm), occupying a large portion of the electromagnetic spectrum between the infrared and microwave bands, has remained in relative obscurity due to a lack of efficient laboratory emitters, detectors and optical components compared to neighboring microwave and optical bands. Here, we explore the potential for developing new THz components and sensors to fill this “gap”, utilizing novel magnetic and plasmonic responses of many materials in this region.

Chiral and magneto-optical phenomena:

How is electromagnetic chirality manifested in the near-fields surrounding metallic nanoparticles? We undertake fundamental studies to explore the generation of chiral electromagnetic fields and their interaction with chiral and magneto-optical materials, with the aim of enhancing weak electromagnetic interactions such as optical activity and the magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE).

Graphene plasmonics:

In recent years, the field of plasmonics has offered a tantalizing glimpse into new possibilities to control light on nanometre length scale. However, the enormous potential of plasmonics as a means to manipulate light at the nanoscale is blocked by ohmic losses associated with the coinage metals currently used. Many real-life applications meanwhile require major improvements in performance, tuneability in wavelength, active control and modulation (for signal switching), and the direct generation and detection of plasmons. Looking to the future, there have been fantastic breakthroughs in recent months through optical measurements of graphene plasmons. Here, we explore the possibility of replacing conventional metals with new atomic scale, graphene-like layered materials. These materials have tuneable electromagnetic responses, as free electrons can controllably introduced by chemical, electrical or photo- doping, making the manipulating light on extreme sub-wavelength length scales possible.

Further details can be found at the group research pages.

Education and Employment

  • 1997 - 2001 MSci in chemical physics, University of Glasgow
  • 2001 - 2005 PhD in ultrafast spectroscopy, University of Amsterdam
  • 2005 - 2006 Post doctoral research associate,AMOLF Institute Amsterdam
  • 2006 - 2011 RCUK fellow and lecturer in physics,University of Exeter
  • 2011 - 2012 Senior lecturer in physics, University of Exeter
  • 2012 - 2013 Associate Professor in physics, University of Exeter
  • 2014 - Associate Professor and EPSRC research fellow in physics, University of Exeter

Funded Research Projects

  • (PI)“Semiconductor surface plasmons: a route to tunable THz devices and sensors” EPSRC EP/F026757/1, 1/1/2008-31/12/2011,£325k
  • (PI)“Non-equilibrium and relaxation phenomena in graphene-based devices” EPSRC EP/G041482/1, 1/9/2009-31/8/2012, £670k
  • (CI)“MAGNONICS”, FP7 Framework grant 228673, 1/9/2009 – 31/8/2012, €895k
  • (CI)"A Plasmonic Antenna for Magneto-Optical Imaging at the Deep Nanoscale", EPSRC EP/I038470/1, 1/9/12-, £637k
  • (PI)“Tailored Control of Terahertz Radiation”, EPSRC industrial CASE award 12440575 with QinetiQ, 1/10/2012-, £93k
  • (CI)“Novel Type of Terahertz Devices (NoTeDev)”, Marie Curie Training Network grant 607521, 1/10/2013-, €572k
  • (PI)“Graphene-Based Single-Photon Nonlinear Optical Devices (GRASP)”,FP7 FET grant, 1/1/2014-, €395k
  • (PI)“Graphene nanophotonics: Smaller, stronger, faster”, EPSRC fellowship EP/K041215/1, 1/1/2014-, £967k

Invited Presentations

  • "Carrier Relaxation Dynamics in CdSe Nanocrystals", Jubilee Nanotechnology Symposium, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, 29-31 May 2006
  • "Optical Switching of Semiconductor Surface Plasmon Polaritons",THz Science, Royal Academy, Amsterdam, 14-16 June 2007
  • "Exploring electron dynamics in semiconductors using THz light", University of Strathclyde, 12th November 2008
  • "Exploring electron dynamics in semiconductors using THz light", University of Oxford, 18th June 2009
  • "Exploring electron dynamics in semiconductors using THz light",ULTRA Summer School, Uppsala, Sweden, 21-22 September 2009
  • “Semiconductor plasmons for THz frequency plasmonics”, SPIE Photonics West, Ultrafast Phenomena in Semiconductors and Nanostructures XV. San Francisco, Jan. 22 to Jan. 27, 2011
  • "Generating and utilizing superchiral light", University of Glasgow, 22nd September 2011
  • “Nonlinear optical measurements few layer graphene", University of Bath, 12th January 2012
  • “THz spectroscopy: from phonons to magnons”, International Advanced School on Magnonics, Santa Margherita Ligure 3-7 September, 2012
  • “Chiral electromagnetic fields generated by nanostructures”,ICOAM 2013, New Lanark, 3rd - 5th of June 2013
  • “Ultrafast optical measurements of graphene",Graphene Spectroscopy, Cambridge, 29th October 2013
  • “Ultrafast relaxation processes in graphene", University of Bath, 15th Novemeber 2013
  • “Ultrafast relaxation processes in graphene", University of Cardiff, 27th Novemeber 2013

Contributions to the Community

  • Sat on the organizing committee for OTST 2011, Santa Barbara.
  • External examiner for the award of PhD degrees at several UK and European universities
  • Member of the EPSRC peer review college
  • Reviewer for funding bodies including EPSRC, European Research Council and Netherlands Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM)


I am a member of the Institute of Physics