THEORETICAL & PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY INSTITUTE
 
  Photonics for Nano-applications
  Short Light Wavelengths and Nano-Applications Laboratory
  Optical Fiber Devices and Sensors
  Applied Photonics-Materials & Devices - APMD

Photonics for Nano-applications

Photonics laboratory - Optical Fiber Devices and Sensors
Dr Georgios Kakarantzas, Senior Researcher
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The Optical Fiber Devices and Sensors activity, within the Photonics for Nano-applications program, at the Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute, is led by Dr Georgios Kakarantzas. The group has a highly successful track record of research and infrastructure in the field of fiber optics and related devices, especially post-processing of conventional and microstructured fibers and the fabrication and characterization of hybrid fiber devices.

The research themes of the group include a) Fabrication and hybridization of optical nanofibers and b) Hybrid Photonic Crystal Fibers (HPCFs).

 

Research Team

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Research Highlights

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Opt. Express 2010, 18, 24344

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Opt. Mat. Express 2012, 2, 929

 

Current Members

Dr Georgios Kakarantzas, Senior Researcher

Postdoctoral Associates
Dr Nikolaos Matthaiakakis (02.2020-present)

 

Past Members

Dr Grigoris Antonopoulos (11.2014-01.2020)
Product Manager IKNOWHOW SA.

Dr Maria Patitsa (03.2012-08.2013)
Marketing Manager at Aniva International

Dr Christos Markos (09.2009-08.2013)
Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark DTU, Copenhagen, DK.

Dr Anna Tsigara (2011-2012)
Sr. Development Engineer at Philips Innovation Services, Eindhoven

 

 

Internal

Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute, National Hellenic Research Foundation
Dr Christos Riziotis, Senior Researcher
Dr A. C. Cefalas, Research Director
Dr E. Sarantopoulou, Senior Researcher

National

Dr Sotirios Droulias
Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus

Prof. Kyriakos Vlachos
Computer Engineering and Informatics Dept., University of Patras

Dr S.N. Yannopoulos
ICE-HT, FORTH, Patras

International

Prof Christopher J. Poulton
Dept. of Applied Mathematics, Technical University of Sydney, Australia

Prof Antonio Diez Cremadez
Department of Applied Physics, University of Valencia, Spain

Prof. P.St. J. Russell
Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany.

 

Current projects

Title: Non-linear optics with hybrid optical fibers and 2D-Materials
Acronym: -
Funding Program: Support for Postdoctoral Researchers /2nd Cycle
Funding Organization: State Scholarships Foundation-IKY
Role: Supervisor, Scientist-in-charge
Implementation Period: 02.2020 – 02.2022

 

Past projects (since 2013)

Title: Advanced materials and devices
Acronym: -
Program: Activity for the Development of Research and Technological Organizations
Funding Organization: Ministry of Development and Investments – NSRF 2014-2020
Role: Participating Member, WP Leader.
Implementation Period: 01.09.2017 – 28.02.2021

Title: ELI – LASERLAB Europe Synergy, HiPER and IPERION-CH
Acronym: HELLAS-CH
Program: Reinforcement of the Research and Innovation Infrastructures
Funding Organization: Ministry of Development and Investments – NSRF 2014-2020
Role: Participating Member
Implementation Period: 01.04.2018 – 31.12.2020

Title: New multifunctional nanostructured materials and devices
Acronym: POLYNANO
Program: Development Proposals for Research Organizations – ΚΡΗΠΙΣ
Funding Organization: General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT)
Role: Participating Member, WP Leader
Implementation Period: 01.06.2013 – 31.12.2015

Title: SEnsors for StructurAl Monitoring
Acronym: SESAMO
Program: JIP-ICET, A-0779-RT-GC, 17-10-2008
Funding Organization: European Defence Agency (EDA)
Role: Principal Investigator
Implementation Period: 02.2010 – 02.2013

Title: Autonomous nano-fiber optic sensors for quality control of fish farms
Acronym: MEDOUSA
Program: ESPA-2007-13, Cooperation", ACT I
Funding Organization: General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT)
Role: Principal Investigator
Implementation Period: 01.2011 – 02.2013

 

2021-2018

A. Peer-Reviewed Refereed Journals

2020

  • G. Antonopoulos, E. Bakoglou, G. Kakarantzas, “Fine, Reversible and Broadband Tuning of the Group Velocity Dispersion of Tapered Silica Fibers in a Thermo-Optic Polymer Matrix” Journal of Lightwave Technology 2020, 38, 4086.
    DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2020.2984595

2019

  • G. Antonopoulos, G. Kakarantzas, “Integration of Chiral Cellulose Nanocrystal Films in Silica Optical Fibers. Materials Research Express 2019, 6, 1150d9.
    DOI: 10.1088/2053-1591/ab5004

2018

  • A. Petropoulou, G. Antonopoulos, P. Bastock, G. Kakarantzas, C. Craig, D. W. Hewak, M. N. Zervas, C. Riziotis, “All-Fiber Plasmonic Platform Based on Hybrid Composite Metal/Glass Microwires”. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2018, 122, 26169.
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b08844

 

B. Refereed Proceedings

  • A. Petropoulou, G. Antonopoulos, P. Bastock, G. Kakarantzas, C. Craig, D. Drikakis, D. W. Hewak, M. N. Zervas, C. Riziotis, “Design and Implementation of Fiber-embedded Plasmonic Structures in Microwires” Proc. IEEE,2019 Photonics & Electromagnetics Research Symposium-Spring (PIERS-Spring) 2019 2951.
    DOI: 10.1109/PIERS-Spring46901.2019.9017635

 

2017-2013

A. Peer-Reviewed Refereed Journals

2013

  • C. Markos, G. Antonopoulos and G. Kakarantzas, “Broadband guidance in a Hollow-Core Photonic Crystal Fiber with Polymer-Filled Cladding” IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 2013, 25, 2003.
    DOI: 10.1109/LPT.2013.2280817

B. Refereed Proceedings

  • A. Petropoulou, G. Antonopoulos, P. Bastock, C. Craig, G. Kakarantzas., D.W. Hewak, M.N. Zervas, and C. Riziotis, “Engineering of composite metallic microfibers towards development of plasmonic devices for sensing applications” IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 2016, 108, p 012027.
    DOI: 10.1088/1757-899X/108/1/012027
  • A. Petropoulou, G. Antonopoulos, P. Bastock, C. Craig, G. Kakarantzas, D. W. Hewak, M. N. Zervas, and C. Riziotis, “Robust plasmonic tips fabricated by the tapering of composite hybrid silicate microfibers with metallic core” Proc. SPIE Plasmonics II 2016, 10028, 100280N.
    DOI: 10.1117/12.2246508
  • G. Antonopoulos, P. Velanas, A. Psomaki-Karra, C. Riziotis, G. Kakarantzas, “Hybrid silica nanowires with a highly nonlinear glass thin coating” IEEE Proceedings of Spatiotemporal Complexity in Nonlinear Optics (SCNO) 2015, 1, 3.
    DOI: 10.1109/SCNO.2015.7324005
  • P. Velanas, G. Kakarantzas, and C. Riziotis “Flat mid-infrared supercontinuum generation in tapered fiber with thin coating of highly nonlinear glass” Proc. SPIE, Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XIV 2015, 9347, 93471Y.
    DOI: 10.1117/12.2080090
  • K. Vlachos, T. Vasileiadis, V. Dracopoulos, C. Markos, G. Kakarantzas and S.N. Yannopoulos, “Development of hybrid solid and hollow core photonic crystal fiber with soft glass deposition for infrared light manipulation” Proc. SPIE, 16th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON) 2014, 1-6.
    DOI: 10.1109/ICTON.2014.6876463

 

2012-2005

A. Peer-Reviewed Refereed Journals

 2012

  • C. Markos, K. Vlachos and G. Kakarantzas, “Guiding and thermal properties of a hybrid polymer-infused photonic crystal fiber” Optical Materials Express 2012, 2, 929.
    DOI: 10.1364/OME.2.000929

2010

  • C. Markos, K. Vlachos and G. Kakarantzas, “Bending loss and thermo-optic effect of a hybrid PDMS/silica photonic crystal fiber” Optics Express 2010, 18, 24344.
    DOI: 10.1364/OE.18.024344

2007

  • C. G. Poulton, M. K. Schmidt, G. J. Pearce, G. Kakarantzas and P. St. J. Russell, “Numerical study of guided modes in arrays of metallic nanowires” Optics Letters 2007, 32, 1647.
    DOI: 10.1364/OL.32.001647

2006

  • I. D. Chremmos, N.K. Uzunoglu and G. Kakarantzas, “Rigorous Analysis of the Coupling Between Two Nonparallel Optical Fibers” Journal of Lightwave technology 2006, 24, 3779.
    DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2006.881852

2005

  • S. G. Leon-Saval, T. A. Birks, N. Y. Joly, A. K. George, W. J. Wadsworth, G. Kakarantzas and P. St. Russell, “Splice-free interfacing of photonic crystal fibres” Optics Letters 2005, 30, 1629.
    DOI: 10.1364/OL.30.001629
  • I. D. Chremmos, G. Kakarantzas and N.K. Uzunoglu “Modelling of a highly nonlinear chalcogenide dual-core photonic crystal fiber coupler” Optics Communications 2005, 251, 339.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.optcom.2005.03.018

 

B. Refereed Proceedings

  • C. Markos, K. Vlachos and G. Kakarantzas “Formation of PDMS films inside the holes of silica photonic crystal fibers” Proc. SPIE, Microstructured and Specialty Optical Fibres 2012, 8426, 842604.
    DOI: 10.1117/12.922682
  • C. Markos, K. Vlachos and G. Kakarantzas “Modelling of photonic crystal fiber with polymer inclusions” Proc. SPIE Microstructured and Specialty Optical Fibres 2012, 8426, 84260Y.
    DOI: 10.1117/12.922674
  • C. Markos, K. Vlachos and G. Kakarantzas “Guiding and birefringent properties of a hybrid PDMS/silica photonic crystal fiber” Proc. SPIE, Fiber Lasers VIII: Technology, Systems, and Applications 2011, 7914, 791427.
    DOI: 10.1117/12.874158
  • G. Kakarantzas, A. Diez, J. L. Cruz, C. Markos, M.V. Andres and K. Vlachos “Direct Bragg grating writing in a hybrid PDMS/Silica photonic crystal fiber” Proc. CLEO/ Europe Technical Digest 2011, 1, CE9_3.
    DOI: 10.1109/CLEOE.2011.5942824
  • C. Markos, K. Vlachos and G. Kakarantzas “Partial power recovery of bend-induced loss using a hybrid index-guiding photonic crystal fiber” Proc. CLEO/ Europe Technical Digest 2011, 1, CE_P33.
    DOI: 10.1109/CLEOE.2011.5942860
  • G. Kakarantzas, L. Prill-Sempere and P. St. J. Russell “Up-Tapering of Optical Fibers Using a Conventional Flame Tapering Rig” Proc. CLEO/QELS Technical Digest 2007, 1-5, 1652.
    DOI: 10.1109/CLEO.2007.4452403
  • C. G. Poulton, M. K. Schmidt, G. J. Pearce, G. Kakarantzas and P. St. J. Russell “Guided Modes in Arrays of Metallic Nanowires” Proc. CLEO/QELS Technical Digest 2007, 1-5, 903.
    DOI: 10.1109/CLEO.2007.4453142

 

2004-2000

A. Peer-Reviewed Refereed Journals

2004

  • G. Kakarantzas, S.G. Leon-Saval, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “Low-loss deposition of Solgel-derived silica films on tapered fibers” Optics Letters 2004, 29, 694.
    DOI: 10.1364/OL.29.000694

2003

  • G. Kakarantzas, A. Ortigosa-Blanch, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “Rocking Filter Formation in Non-Photosensitive Highly-Birefringent Photonic Crystal Fibers” Optics Letters 2003, 28, 156.
    DOI: 10.1364/OL.28.000158

2002

  • G. Kakarantzas, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “Structural Long-Period Gratings in Photonic Crystal Fibres” Optics Letters 2002, 27, 1013.
    DOI: 10.1364/OL.27.001013

2001

  • A. Diez, G. Kakarantzas, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “1-D acoustic cavity in optical fibers using two acoustic Bragg gratings” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2001 13, 975.
    DOI: 10.1109/68.942665
  • A. Diez, G. Kakarantzas, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “Strain induced phase-matching and tunability of acoustic gratings in fibres” Applied Physics Letters 2001, 79, 1390.
    DOI: 10.1063/1.1398330
  • G. Kakarantzas, T.E. Dimmick, T. A. Birks and P. St.J. Russell “Miniature all-fiber devices based on CO2 laser micro structuring of tapered fibers” Optics Letters 2001, 26, 1137.
    DOI: 10.1364/OL.26.001137

 

B. Refereed Proceedings

  • G. Kakarantzas, S.G. Leon-Saval, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “All-fiber devices based on sol-gel coated tapered fibers” Proc. CLEO/QELS Technical Digest 2004, 1-5, CWM6.
  • G. Kakarantzas, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “All-fibre devices based on tapered Fibres” Proc. OFC 2004, 2, CWM6.
    DOI: 10.1109/OFC.2004.1362111
  • G. Kakarantzas, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “Post-processing of photonic crystal fibres using a CO2 laser beam: a step towards miniature compact fibre devices” Proceedings ICICS-PCM 2003 1-3, 176.
    DOI: 10.1109/ICICS.2003.1292437
  • G. Kakarantzas, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “Miniature Mach-Zehnder interferometer based on rocking filters in photonic crystal fiber” Proc. CLEO 2003, CTuC4.
    DOI: 10.1109/CLEO.2003.1297883
  • T.A. Birks, G. Kakarantzas, P.St.J. Russell and D.F. Murphy “Photonic Crystal Fiber Devices” Proc. SPIE, Fiber-based Component Fabrication, Testing, and Connectorization 2003, 4943, 142.
    DOI: 10.1117/12.471979
  • G. Kakarantzas, A. Ortigosa-Blanch, T.A. Birks, J. C. Knight and P.St.J. Russell “Rocking Filter Formation in Non-Photosensitive Highly Birefringent Photonic Crystal Fibres” Proc. European Conference in Optical Communications ECOC 2002, 1, 1-2.
    DOI:  10.1109/ECOC.2002.204366
  • G. Kakarantzas, P.J. Mangan, T.A. Birks, J. C. Knight and P.St.J. Russell “Directional coupling in a twin core photonic crystal fiber using heat treatment” Proc. CLEO Technical Digest 2001, 1, 125.
    DOI: 10.1109/CLEO.2001.948212

 

C. Patents

  • G. Kakarantzas, W.J. Wadsworth, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “Improvements in and relating to optical fibres”  International Patent No. WO 03/058310 filed on 07 Jan 2003.

 

2000-1995

A. Peer-Reviewed Refereed Journals

2000

  • T.E. Dimmick, G. Kakarantzas, T.A. Birks, A. Diez and P.St.J. Russell “Compact all-fiber acousto-optic tunable filters with small bandwidth-length product” IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 2000, 12, 1210.
    DOI: 10.1109/68.874238
  • A. Diez, G. Kakarantzas, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “Phononic Stop Band in Optical Fibre Periodic Microstructures” Applied Physics Letters 2000, 76, 3481.             
    DOI: 10.1063/1.126684
  • A. Diez, G. Kakarantzas, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “High Strain-induced Wavelength Tunability in Tapered Fibre Acousto-optic filters” Electronics. Letters 2000, 36, 1187.
    DOI: 10.1049/el:20000866
  • P.L. Phillips, J.C. Knight, J.M. Pottage, G. Kakarantzas and P.St.J. Russell “Direct Measurement of Optical Phase in the Near-Field” Applied Physics Letters 2000, 76, 6845.
    DOI: 10.1063/1.125812

1999

  • T. E. Dimmick, G. Kakarantzas, T. A. Birks and P. St.J. Russell “CO2 Laser Fabrication of Fused Fibre Couplers and Tapers” Applied Optics 1999, 38, 6845.
    DOI: 10.1364/AO.38.006845

1997

  • A. Jha, B. E. Kinsman, E. R. Taylor and G. Kakarantzas “The Influence of Reactive Atmosphere Processing on the Crystallisation Kinetics of GaF3-InF3 based Glasses” J. Non-Crystalline Solids 1997, 213 & 214, 101.
    DOI: 10.1016/S0022-3093(97)00098-7

1996

  • D. Marchese, G. Kakarantzas, A. Jha, B. N. Samson and J. Wang “Spectroscopic and Thermal Properties of GeS2-based Chalcohalide Glasses” Journal Modern Optics 1996, 43, 963.
    DOI: 10.1080/09500349608233258
  • D. Marchese, G. Kakarantzas and A. Jha “1G4 Lifetimes, Optical and Thermal Characteristics of Pr-doped GeS2 -Chalcohalide Glasses” J. Non-Crystalline Solids 1996, 196, 314.
    DOI: 10.1016/0022-3093(95)00606-0

 

B. Refereed Proceedings

  • T.A. Birks, R. Le Roux, G. Kakarantzas and J.C. Knight “Whispering gallery modes in prolate fibre microcavities” Proc.Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2000, 39, 608.
    DOI: 10.1109/CLEO.2000.907455
  • T. E. Dimmick, G. Kakarantzas, T. A. Birks and P. St.J. Russell “Narrow-Band Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter Fabricated from Highly Uniform Tapered Optical Fiber” Proc. Optical Fiber Communication Conference 2000, 37, FB4.
    DOI: 10.1109/OFC.2000.869404
  • G. Kakarantzas, T. E. Dimmick, T. A. Birks and P. St.J. Russell “Fused taper fibre microcoupler” Proc. Optical Fiber Communication Conference 2000, 37,
    DOI: 10.1109/OFC.2000.868364
  • G. Kakarantzas, R. Le Roux, T.A. Birks and P.St.J. Russell “Transmission Filters based on Periodically Micro-tapered Fibre” Proc.Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2000, 39, 574.
    DOI: 10.1109/CLEO.2000.907410
  • P. L. Phillips, J. C. Knight, P. St.J. Russell, G. Kakarantzas and J. M. Pottage “Direct Measurement of the Optical Phase in the Near-Field” Proc.Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics CLEO 1999, 1, 69.
    DOI: 10.1109/CLEO.1999.833892
  • G. Kakarantzas, T. E. Dimmick, T. A. Birks and P. St.J. Russell “Fabrication of High-Performance Fibre Tapers and Couplers using a CO2 Laser Rig” Proc.Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics CLEO/Pacific Rim 1999, 2, 127.
    DOI: 10.1109/CLEOPR.1999.811336
  • D. Marchese, G. Kakarantzas and A. Jha “Pr3+-doped GeS2-Ga2S3-based Chalcohalide Glasses for 1.3 μm Fibre Amplifiers” IEEE Proceedings of 8th Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference on Industrial Applications in Power Systems, Computer Science and Telecommunications (MELECON 96) 1996, 3, 1525.
    DOI: 10.1109/MELCON.1996.551241

 

C. Patents

  • G. Kakarantzas, T.A. Birks, T.E. Dimmick and P.St.J. Russell “Fabrication of miniature   2x2 fibre coupler” International Patent PCT/GB/03206, filed on 17 Aug 2000.
  • G. Kakarantzas, D. Marchese and A. Jha “New Rare Earth doped GeSx-Ga2S3 - based glasses for 1.3 m Fibre Amplifiers” International Patent No.9514345/13-7-1995.

 

1994-1989

A. Peer-Reviewed Refereed Journals

1994

  • D. P. Shepherd, G. Kakarantzas, D. J. Brink, J. Wang, A. C. Tropper, W. S. Brocklesby, P. D. Townsend, D. C. Hanna and D. N. Payne “1.9 m Operation of a Tm: Lead Germanate Glass Waveguide Laser” Optics Letters 1994, 19, 954.
    DOI: 10.1364/OL.19.000954

1993

  • G. Kakarantzas, P. D. Townsend and J. Wang “Very Low Loss Ion Implanted Waveguides in Lead Germanate Glass” Electronics Letters 1993, 29, 489.
    DOI: 10.1049/el:19930327

1991

  • J. Y. C. Wong, L. Zhang, G. Kakarantzas, P. D. Townsend, P. J. Chandler and L. A. Boatner “Ion Implanted Optical Waveguides in KTaO3” Journal of Applied Physics 1991, 71, 49.
    DOI: 10.1063/1.350684

1989

  • G. Kakarantzas, E. Glavas and P. D. Townsend “Losses in very Large Planar Waveguides” Electronics Letters 1989, 25, 102.
    DOI: 10.1049/el:19890076

B. Refereed Proceedings

  • G. Kakarantzas and P. D. Townsend “Chemical Effects in Ion Implanted Glass Waveguides” Proc. Top. Issues Glass 1993, 79, 1.
  • G. Kakarantzas, L. Zhang and P. D. Townsend “Ion Implanted Waveguides in Laser Glasses” E-MRS Symposium Proceedings, Modifications Induced by Irradiation in Glasses 1992, 29, 97.
    DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-89572-1.50017-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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