Miss Carlota Ruiz De Galarreta
Postgraduate Researcher (Metamaterials CDT 2015)
I received my first class Master's degree in Optical and Imaging technologies from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. During my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to acquire a solid background in imaging optics and photonics.
After graduating, I started to work as optical design engineer for several companies in Spain. Within this period, I have been involved in the roll-out of various projects in optical diagnostics for fusion energy, but also in optoelectronic devices for defence applications, such as thermal cameras, night vision equipment or laser-guided systems. More specifically, my activities have been focused in the field of optical design, tolerancing and testing of imaging and non-imaging systems, working in the VIS-NIR/MWIR/LWIR spectra.
Now, I'm looking forward to complete my studies, and expand my knowledge in an acadmeic environment here at the University of Exeter. During my PhD, I will be studying the possibility of using phase change material based metasurfaces to selectively control both amplitude and phase of optical wavefronts. My main goal is to explore the potential of these "phase-change metamaterials" as novel reconfigurable photonic devices, such as dynamic beam steerers, or amplitude and phase modulators.