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Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Hector Fellow since 2008

Martin Wegener is Professor at the Institute of Applied Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Scientific Director of the Institute of Nanotechnology at the KIT and Vice-Coordinator of the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics.

Professor Martin Wegener is among the leading representatives of nanoscience worldwide. In the 1990s, he became internationally known by his work in the area of optical spectroscopy with ultra-short laser pulses and optical near-field microscopy. In the past years, his research interests were photonic crystals and artificial materials called „metamaterials“. Tailoring their "meta-atoms" in the nano- or micrometer scale makes it possible to produce completely new physical properties, which do not naturally occur. For example, his team succeeded in building cloaking devices in various physical systems.

Martin Wegener received, among others, the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG), the State Research Award of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Carl Zeiss Research Award and the Descartes Prize of the European Union. Besides, he is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and a fellow of the Optical Society of America. He is the initiator, co-founder and shareholder of Nanoscribe GmbH, a spin-off company that brings 3D laser lithography to the market.

Research fields

Nanotechnology, Optics & Photonics

  • Metamaterials in optics, mechanics, and thermodynamics
  • Three-dimensional optical laser lithography (i.e., 3D micro- or nano-printing)

Details about current research.


Metamaterials: Beyond the Ordinary

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