Miss Vicky Kyrimi
Postgraduate Researcher (Metamaterials CDT 2015)
Telephone: 01392 725018
Extension: (Streatham) 5018
I hold a BSc. (4-year) in Physics and a MSc. (2-year) in Applied Physics from the Department of Physics of the University of Patras in Greece. As a part of my postgraduate diploma thesis, I performed numerical calculations using the finite difference time domain method for the study of the sensitivity of the two dimensional electromagnetic ground plane cloak in the visible spectrum, under the supervision of Professor M.M. Sigalas. From 07/2011 to 07/2012, I worked at the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) NANOGOLD and performed electromagnetic calculations, using the discrete-dipole approximation, for the optical properties of gold nanoparticles (NPs) coated with a nematic liquid crystal ,under the supervision of Professor V. Yannopapas.
In 2012 I realized that I would be also very interested in performing research which would help me understand how we learn and how we recall our memories. Therefore, I enrolled in the (2-year) interdepartmental postgraduate program "Informatics for Life Sciences" at the University of Patras . In collaboration with the Computational Biology Laboratory at FORTH in Crete, I have performed simulations at the single cell level in order to understand the biophysical mechanisms that are responsible for the potentiation of certain dendritic branches of the CA1 pyramidal neuron.
In my current project at the University of Exeter, I use modelling to discover patterned surface structures which will lead to negative acoustic surface velocity. From this modelling, structures will be fabricated and characterized using a small point-like acoustic source and a small microphone to map out the surface wave amplitude and phase for a wide range of excitation frequencies over the metasurface. This map will then be converted into a two dimensional momentum map by performing a 2D Fourier transform.