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Xu Fang

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Xu Fang is a Lecturer in the Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group, ECS, University of Southampton. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University (1st university in China and 24th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017) in 2004. He then obtained his Ph.D. in 2009 in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (the national research institution of China, 1st in the world in Nature Index 2016). Before joining the University of Southampton in 2012, he held a 3-year fellowship in RIKEN (the largest and most comprehensive national research institute in Japan). During this time, he became fluent in Japanese.

He has passion and experience for physics and engineering. In particular, he is interested in understanding and exploiting the behaviours of photons and electrons at the nanoscale, and applying this knowledge to developing novel optoelectronic devices such as high-sensitivity sensors and optical computation chips. Highlights of recent work (conducted in the Optoelectronics Research Centre) include the first reports on coherent detection of invisible resonances and metamaterial thin-film logic gates.

His key research area is in plasmonics. He has published first-author papers on this topic in high-impact journals including: Physical Review series (Letters, B, Applied), Applied Physics Letters, Light Science & Applications and Scientific Reports. He also works on a much broader range of topics in nanophotonics and nanoelectronics through collaboration. As of September 2016, he began collaborating with researchers in MIT (USA), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Japan), and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China under the support of the EPSRC, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and a visiting associate professorship. He has served on the programme committees of several international conferences including CLEO (Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics) 2017 & 2018.

Current group members: Moise Sotto (Co), Fei He, James Frame & Abdullah Alzeebi.


Fang, Xu, Lun Tseng, Ming, Ou, Jun-Yu, MacDonald, Kevin F., Ping Tsai, Din and Zheludev, Nikolay I. (2014) Ultrafast all-optical switching via coherent modulation of metamaterial absorption Applied Physics Letters, 104 (doi:10.1063/1.4870635).

Zheludev, N.I., Fang, X., MacDonald, K.F. and Plum, E. (2013) Coherent control of metamaterials At MRS Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, United States. 01 - 06 Dec 2013.

Fang, Xu, Tseng, Ming Lun, Tsai, Din Ping and Zheludev, Nikolay I. (2013) Coherent excitation-selective spectroscopy in planar metamaterials Pre-print, (arXiv:1312.0524), pp. 1-5.

Shi, J.H., Fang, X. and Zheludev, N.I. (2014) Coherent control of Snell's law At Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO '14), United States. 08 - 13 Jun 2014. 2 pp.

Fang, X., Abokhamis Mousavi, S., Shi, J., Plum, E., MacDonald, K.F. and Zheludev, N.I. (2014) Coherent control of metamaterial functionalities At SPIE Photonics Europe: Metamaterials, Belgium. 14 - 17 Apr 2014.

Shi, Jinhui, Fang, Xu, Rogers, Edward T.F., Plum, Eric, MacDonald, Kevin F. and Zheludev, Nikolay I. (2014) Coherent control of Snell's law at metasurfaces Optics Express, 22, (17), pp. 21051-21060. (doi:10.1364/OE.22.021051).

Fang, X., Tseng, M.L., Tsai, D.P. and Zheludev, N.I. (2014) Coherent excitation-selective spectroscopy in planar metamaterials At CLEO '14, United States. 08 - 13 Jun 2014.

Fang, X., MacDonald, K.F., Plum, E. and Zheludev, N.I. (2014) All-optical data processing via coherent control of metamaterial absorption At Photon 14, United Kingdom. 01 - 04 Sep 2014.

Zheludev, N.I., MacDonald, K.F., Plum, E. and Fang, X. (2014) Coherent control in metamaterials for device and system applications At SPIE Optics & Photonics '14, United States. 17 - 21 Aug 2014.

Fang, Xu, MacDonald, Kevin F. and Zheludev, Nikolay I. (2015) Controlling light with light using coherent metadevices: all-optical transistor, summator and invertor Light : Science & Applications, 4 (doi:10.1038/lsa.2015.65).

Zheludev, N.I., MacDonald, K.F., Fang, X., Plum, E., Tsai, D.P. and Faccio, D. (2015) Coherent control of the intensity and polarization of light interacting with plasmonic metasurfaces: 100 THz bandwidth quantum level all-optical data processing and novel spectroscopic applications At 7th International Conference on Surface Plasmon Photonics (SPP7), Israel. 31 May - 05 Jun 2015.

Fang, X., MacDonald, K.F. and Zheludev, N.I. (2015) Light-matter interactions in a polarization standing wave At CLEO/Europe - EQEC, Germany. 21 - 25 Jun 2015. 1 pp.

Fang, X., MacDonald, K.F. and Zheludev, N.I. (2015) Switching the response of metasurfaces in polarization standing waves At 9th International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics - Metamaterials '15, United Kingdom. 07 - 12 Sep 2015. 3 pp.

Zheludev, N.I., Fang, X., Shi, Jinhui, MacDonald, K.F., Plum, E., Abokhamis Mousavi, S., Tseng, M.L. and Tsai, D.P. (2014) Coherent control of metamaterials At 5th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics (META'14), Singapore. 20 - 23 May 2014.

Fang, Xu, Tseng, Ming Lun, Tsai, Din Ping and Zheludev, Nikolai (2015) Coherent excitation-selective spectroscopy of multipole resonances Physical Review Applied, pp. 1-15. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevApplied.5.014010).

Fang, Xu, MacDonald, Kevin F., Plum, Eric and Zheludev, Nikolay I. (2016) Coherent control of light-matter interactions in polarization standing waves Scientific Reports, 6 (doi:10.1038/srep31141).

Tseng, Ming Lun, Fang, Xu, Hung Chu, Cheng, Jun Wu, Hui, Huang, Yao-Wei, Tsai, Wei-Yi, Chen, Mu-Ku, Wang, Hsiang-Chu, Chen, Ching-Fu and Zheludev, Nikolai (2016) Coherent control of meta device At SPIE Optics+Photonics, United States. 28 Aug - 01 Sep 2016.

Tseng, Ming Lun, Fang, Xu, Savinov, Vassili, Wu, Pin Chieh, Ou, Jun-Yu, Zheludev, Nikolay I. and Tsai, Din Ping (2017) Coherent selection of invisible high-order electromagnetic excitations Nature Scientific Reports (doi:10.1038/srep44488).


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