Department of Physics,
Bilkent University,
Ankara, 06800, Turkey

Office: +90 312 290 2511
Fax: +90 312 266 4579
Dept. Secretary: +90 312 266 4397

I was born in 1967 in Ankara where most of my education was. I received my PhD degree in 1997 from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University (TR). My PhD research was on computational many-body physics of two- and three-dimensional electron liquids. As a post-doctoral researcher, I have been for one year at University of California, Santa Barbara (US) working on the excitons in wide band gap semiconductors, and for about two years at University of Essex (UK), where I worked on full-band electron transport phenomena in wide band gap semiconductors. In 2000, I joined Bilkent University (TR). During my sabbatical in 2011, I was at ETH-Zurich (CH) for a year, working on nuclear spin dynamics in InGaAs quantum dots. Our theoretical research at Bilkent aims for an atomistic-level scope into the richness of a real "dirty" semiconductor system, on mainly interactions with light, and recently on the spin dynamics – gradually more so, in interaction and collaboration with a number of local and international experimental groups. Our current research directions are computational semiconductor quantum optics, nuclear and carrier spin dynamics in self-assembled quantum dots. The aim in such a research should be to develop tools, mostly computational, but eventually meant to be conceptual, to see into the unseen. My remaining time goes into teaching; here the aim (that I am far from) should be to supply a clear and concise knowledge on the essentials, while building up a self confidence and appetite for seeking for more.