Photonics is the science where information processing including the generation, transmission and detection is carried out by means of photons. Lasers and light emitting diodes are used for the generation of the light, modulators and filters process the data while propagating through dielectric waveguides and fiber optics. The journey ends up with the detection of photons by detectors. Photonics is an interdisciplinary field. The merge of photonics with the electronics is called opto-electronics. Similarly, acousto-optics is the interaction of the photons with the sound waves. Lasers find wide range of applications varying from life sciences to industrial applications. Nanophotonics, biophotonics, quantum optics and metamaterials are some examples of the disciplines dealing with the photonics research. We can see the role of the Photonics in different areas including communication, imaging, lighting, energy, displays, life sciences, and safety. The unique feature of the Photonics is the large capacity of the information processing at high speed.

Be a member of ETU Nanophotonics Research Group:

If you are interested in performing research in the area of nanophotonics (the interaction of photons with the micron-meter and nanometer scale devices), solar energy, metamaterials, bio-chemical sensors you please contact with Prof. Kurt via email: hkurt[at] We encourage the interested students to apply MSc/PhD program in the Electrical Engineering department at TOBB ETU. An undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or physics is required. Background in electromagnetics and optics is advantegous but not a priori condition performing research in photonics area. You are also advised to visit the following web site:
"Graduate Scholarship Programme for International Students"

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Selected Figures of the Group Latest Publications

Latest Publications of the Group

  • B. Rezaei, I.H. Giden, and H Kurt, "Tuning light focusing with liquid crystal infiltrated graded index photonic crystals," Optics Communications, 382, 28-35(2016).

  • N. Eti and H. Kurt "Model Analysis of Ridge and Rib Types of Silicon Waveguides With Void Compositions," IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 52 (10), 1-7(2016).

  • I. Mahariq and H. Kurt, "Strong field enhancement of resonance modes in dielectric microcylinders," J. Optical Society of America B, 33, 656-662 (2016).

  • I. Mahariq, V. N. Astratov, and H. Kurt, "Persistence of photonic nanojet formation under the deformation of circular boundary," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 33 (4), 535-542 (2016).

  • E. Bor, M. Turduev, and H. Kurt "Differential evolution algorithm based photonic structure design: numerical and experimental verification of subwavelength λ/5 focusing of light," Scientific Reports 6(2016).

  • Z. Hayran, M. Turduev, M. Botey, R. Herrero, K. Staliunas, and H. Kurt, "Numerical and experimental demonstration of a wavelength demultiplexer design by point-defect cavity coupled to a tapered photonic crystal waveguide," Optics Letters, 41 (1), 119-122 (2016).

  • I. H. Giden, B. Rezaei, and H. Kurt, "A method of implementing graded index media by symmetry-reduced helical photonic structures," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 32 (10), 2153-2157 (2015).

  • I. Mahariq, H. Kurt, and M. Kuzuoğlu, "Questioning Degree of Accuracy Offered by the Spectral Element Method in Computational Electromagnetics," Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal, 30 (7) (2015).

  • I. Mahariq and H. Kurt, "On-and off-optical-resonance dynamics of dielectric microcylinders under plane wave illumination," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 32 (6), 1022-1030 (2015).

  • M. Turduev, M. Botey, I. H. Giden, R. Herrero, H. Kurt, E. Ozbay, and K. Staliunas, "Two-dimensional complex parity-time-symmetric photonic structures," Physical Review A 91(2), 023825 (2015).

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