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OpTalks 3: Dr Charles Downing
Our speaker for the third OpTalk colloquium will be Dr Charles Downing, Royal Society University Research Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer at the University of Exeter. He works in the Quantum Systems and Nanomaterials Group and the Centre for Metamaterial Research and Innovation.

Charles already completed his PhD in Physics at the University of Exeter in 2015 before moving on to postdoctoral researcher positions at the Université de Strasbourg (2015-2017) and at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2017-2018). Before returning to Exeter last year, he was a Juan de la Cierva Fellow, at Universidad de Zaragoza from 2018 to 2020. His research interests include condensed matter theory, metamaterials, nanophotonics, quantum optics, and plasmonics. Besides his impressive academic and publication record, Charles is also on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter!

See his website for more: cadowning.com/

We look forward to hearing from him about:
"Some simple models in topological nanophotonics"
Dr Charles Downing (University of Exeter)

Part 1
I will present some celebrated topological models, and discuss how they have interesting consequences when applied to photonic systems.

Part 2
I will talk about my personal career path in physics research, from PhD to postdoc to proleptic lecturer.
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