Metamaterials are most known for invisibility. My research advisor, Professor Dentcho Genov, has spent a considerable amount of time working on metamaterials research. So, he me with algorithmic development of feature extraction methods. Subsequently, I developed an algorithm to resolve the complex branch problem with the “inverse method” and built some tools for the group to model new materials.
Through our work we arrived at a basic question: is there such a metamaterial that could cause a massless particle (e.g. photon, phonon) to behave as a massive particle (e.g. electron)? This work eventually led my PhD work, discussed below.