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Research in Physics at IISER Pune is intended to cover all contemporary front-ranking research topics, both experimental and theoretical, in the field. These include:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Atomic Physics, Ultracold Atoms, Quantum Optics
  • Complex Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics
  • Gravitation, Quantum Field Theory and String Theory
  • High Energy Physics
  • Nanoscience and Nanomaterials
  • NMR, Quantum Emulation and Quantum Information
  • Plasmonics and Photonics
  • "Soft" Condensed Matter Physics

We have (or are soon to have) faculty members carrying out research on all these topics. Interdisciplinary research overlapping with Biology, Chemistry and/or Mathematics is also encouraged. We intend to expand in many of the existing areas and also diversify into new and emerging areas.

Enquiries about physics at IISER may be addressed to:  Prof. Sunil Mukhi ( sunil.mukhi  at  iiserpune.ac.in )


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Faculty Members
Name Designation Research
Bijay Kumar Agarwalla Assistant Professor Charge and energy transport, Fluctuation relations, Quantum thermodynamics, Engineered light-matter quantum systems, Multidimensional spectroscopy
G. Ambika Professor Chaos and nonlinear dynamics, synchronisation, Multifractal analysis
Sudarshan Ananth Associate Professor Theoretical Particle Physics
Ramana Athreya Associate Professor Active galaxies, galaxy cluster radio sources, high redshift Universe, imaging techniques; Biodiversity research & conservation
Nabamita Banerjee Assistant Professor Quantum gravity, string theory, black holes, study of strongly correlated systems from gravity.
Bhas Bapat Associate Professor Atomic collisions, molecular fragmentation, photochemistry of of heterogeneous phases, Auger electron spectroscopy.
Arijit Bhattacharyay Associate Professor Complex and dynamical systems, biophysics, pattern formation
Apratim Chatterji Associate Professor Statistical physics, soft condensed matter, phase transitions, microfluidics
Vijayakumar Chikkadi Assistant Professor
Shouvik Datta Associate Professor Semiconductor physics, optical spectroscopy, electronic defects, nanostuctures, optoelectronics
Aparna Deshpande Assistant Professor Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM), spectroscopy, and single atom and molecule manipulation with STM
Sourabh Dube Assistant Professor Experimental High Energy Physics
Pavan Kumar G V Associate Professor Optical Physics: Plasmonics, Nanophotonics, Raman Scattering
Prasenjit Ghosh Associate Professor Atomistic modeling of Materials
Sreejith GJ Assistant Professor Theoretical condensed matter physics - strongly correlated systems, quantum Hall effects, frustrated systems
Mukul Kabir Assistant Professor Electronic structure theory, 2D Materials, Functional defects, Magnetism, Superconductivity, and Catalyst design
T. S. Mahesh Associate Professor NMR spectroscopy, quantum information, optimal control and artificial intelligence
Sunil Mukhi Professor and Chair, Physics String Theory, Quantum Field Theory, Particle Physics
Sunil Nair Assistant Professor Strongly correlated electron systems
Rejish Nath Assistant Professor Quantum Optics, Atom Optics, Condensed Matter Physics
Satishchandra Ogale Professor Solar Energy, Energy Storage, Graphene and Functional Carbon, Oxide Electronics and Spintronics, Pattern Formation
Shivprasad Patil Associate Professor Nanotechnology, atomic force microscopy and single molecular interactions
Atikur Rahman Assistant Professor Quantum transport in nanoelectronic devices, applications of quasi-1D and 2D materials and their heterostructures for energy harvesting and sensing, self-assembly based nanopatterning, nanofabrication.
Umakant D. Rapol Associate Professor Atomic physics and precision spectroscopy, quantum optics and quantum information processing, biosensors
M. S. Santhanam Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Physics Nonlinear dynamics, chaos and quantum chaos, statistical physics, complexity
Seema Sharma Assistant Professor Experimental High Energy Physics
Surjeet Singh Associate Professor Magnetism and superconductivity, single-crystal growth
Prasad Subramanian Associate Professor Plasma astrophysics, solar physics and black hole accretion
Arun M. Thalapillil Assistant Professor Theoretical High Energy Physics
Suneeta Vardarajan Associate Professor Mathematical physics,Relativity, Ricci flow, String theory
Visiting Faculty
Ashna Bajpai Visiting Faculty Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Nanomagnets & Spintronics, Carbon nanotubes, 2D-Material
Rajeev Bhalerao Raja Ramanna Fellow High-Energy Nuclear Physics, Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions, Quark-Gluon Plasma
Deepak Dhar Distinguished Visiting Faculty Critical phenomena on fractals, branched polymers, disordered magnets, self-organized criticality, proportionate growth in biology, protein-folding, models of super-cooled liquids and glasses.
C. V. Dharmadhikari Visiting Faculty
Adjunct Faculty
Sunanda Banerjee SINP, Kolkata
S. Ramakrishnan TIFR, Mumbai
Independent Scientist
Smita Chaturvedi WOS-A DST Scientist Multiferroic and multifunctional materials at nanoscale.Tailoring magnetic, dielectric and optical properties of nanocomposites and nanoparticles of bismuth ferrite and rare earth orthoferrites