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Johannes Courtial

Dr Johannes Courtial

Research Fellow


University of Glasgow

Research summary

I am investigating windows that change the direction of transmitted light rays in ways that were previously thought impossible but made possible through a little trick I invented. I am hoping that such windows will offer important new opportunities.

At the very least, the view through the windows I am investigating should be weird. For this reason, I suspect, I have had an enquiry from an "international artist" whether I could sell him some of the material I am working on. (Unfortunately, I cannot as the windows are still mostly theoretical ideas and we have yet to build good-quality demonstrators.)

I see the main impact in using the "windows" as the basis of new optical components. For example, the windows could be made non-planar; together with Thales UK I am currently exploring the application of this technology towards their noble goal of making war more affordable. The possibilities are, in principle, endless, but to be actually useful, such possibilities require a framework for harnessing them, and this has so far proved elusive.

Grants awarded

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2001 - Sep 2009

Value: £358,109.30