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Mrs Julia Dautova

Postgraduate Researcher (Metamaterials CDT 2015)


I graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Telecommunication (Russia) with BSc and MSc degrees with distinction in 2008. At that time my interest lied in DSP area, specifically my Master project was dedicated to signal processing algorithms in the channel with fading . But my career pursued a different path and I became a professional quality assurance analyst in software development. After 8 years of working in IT industry I obtained different technical and soft skills which allowed me to become an automated test engineer and test lead.

Joining CDT centre in Exeter, I am hoping to meet new challenges and gain new skills. Currently my research is focused on surface microwaves. For more details click here.

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Further information

PhD Project

Scattering and Localisation of Microwave Surface Waves

Supervisors: Prof Alastair Hibbins, Prof Roy Sambles

This project will consider the manipulation of microwave bound surface waves that exist at the surface of a metal, in particular studying the phenomenon of scattering and localisation of these modes on metamaterials and meta-surfaces.  We are interested in ideas such as surface wave cloaking and surface wave absorbers and line modes, and work is splitted between undertaking experiments and modelling (numerical and/or analytical).  

Our team of researchers now wish to understand the fundamentals of surface waves at discontinuities, boundaries, defects and edges.  While surface wave cloaks can help be devised to reduce scattering from these defects and a perfect surface wave absorbers would completely avoid unwanted scatter, the operation of leaky / surface wave antennas are based on the requirement of efficient out-coupling of surface wave energy. The control of the directionality and angle spread of the scattered signal is of great relevance for useful device performance.

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