James Capers

Theoretical Physicist

I am a post-doctoral research fellow within the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials at the University of Exeter, where I work on designing wave-shaping materials for electromagnetism, acoustics and elasticity for a range of applications.

In 2019 I graduated from the University of Exeter with a Masters degree in physics, also winning the Bertie Black prize for the highest performing finalist and the Newman prize for the best masters project in terms of ingenuity and intuition shown. My masters project focused on the effects of geometric curvature on electron flows at the onset of fluidity in 2D materials like Graphene. As part of my degree, I spent 14 months working at a science and technology consultancy in Cambridge, where I played a key role developing cutting edge technologies for diverse markets, such as medical devices and 3D printing. The results of my work are currently in use with several clients worldwide.

My current research is focused on solving inverse design problems in optics and photonics to engineer how waves are scattered for a range of applications. I was on the organising comittee of Exeter Microwave Metamaterials Meeting (XM3). Held in Exeter in September 2022, this was be a two-day forum to showcase and discuss progress in microwave and metamaterials research in the UK and beyond.

I also teach or have taught Electromagnetism 1, Mathematics 1, Mathematics 2, Mathematics with Physical Applications, Quantum Mechanics 1, Thermal Physics and Condensed Matter 1. I am currently the lead demonstrator for Mathematics 1, responsilbe for managing ~10 other demonstrators to ensure delivery of the problems classes.

Sometimes I write about interesting things I've found here.


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