Department of Physical Sciences
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata


We explore the Universe, literally, from the smallest to the largest scales, not just in terms of length but also in energy and time. We spy on exotic particles whizzing inside colliders. We worry about how a collection of particles behave at extreme temperatures, pressures and magnetic fields. We try to understand the basis of life and evolution, order and chaos. We flirt with black holes and swim in space-time ripples. We care about the fact that the Sun has magnetic fields and worry about the weather in space. Our research portfolio encompasses almost all major areas of physics, areas whose boundaries we try to stretch every day, working with our minds, pen, paper, computers and instruments mixed with a healthy dose of romance for our subject. You may read few highlights in our Research News.




Research Areas


Astrophysics and Space Sciences

[ People:  D NandiS Garain ]

  • Solar and stellar magnetism
  • Magnetohydrodynamic dynamo theory
  • Space weather predictions
  • Space mission support and satellite data analysis
  • Computational Astrophysics


Biophysics and Complex Systems

[ PeopleA Ghosh,  A Banerjee,  N Ghosh,  R De,  S Sengupta ]

  • Evolutionary game theory
  • Dynamics of social cooperation
  • Gene expression
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Biophotonics
  • Biopolymers
  • Bioinformatics
  • Mechanobiology


Condensed Matter Experiment

[ People:  B Bansal,  B Pal,  C Mitra,  G D Mukherjee,  N Kamaraju,  P Mitra,   S Raj ]

  • Semiconductor nanostructures
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Giant Magnetoresistance
  • Spintronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Physics at high pressure
  • Physics at high magnetic fields and low temperatures
  • Atomic force microscopy


Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics

[ PeopleA Ghosal,  A Ghosh,  C MitraP K Mohanty,  P K Panigrahi,  R Bhattacharyya, S Lal,  S Das,  S Sinha ]

  • High temperature superconductivity
  • Strongly correlated systems
  • Low-dimensional quantum systems
  • Quantum computation and information processing
  • Many body physics
  • Bose-Einstein condensates
  • Quantum phase transitions 
  • Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics


Data Analysis and Computation

[ People:  D Nandi,  P K Panigrahi,  R K Nayak ]

  • Statistical and wavelet techniques
  • Algorithm development
  • Data modelling
  • Global climate reconstruction and trends
  • Satellite data analysis
  • Ground-based observatory data analysis

Gravitation and Cosmology

[ People:  G M Hossain,  K Dutta,  N Banerjee,  R K Nayak ]   

  • Physics of Black Holes
  • Gravitational waves
  • Quantum Gravity and Quantum Cosmology
  • General Theory of Relativity
  • Quantum Fields in Curved Spacetime
  • Cosmology and its Connections to Particle Physics


Mathematical Physics

[ People:  A Dasgupta,  R K Singh ]

  • Lie-algebraic techniques in quantum optics
  • Foundations of quantum mechanics
  • Group theory
  • Non-commutative field theory


Molecular Dynamics and Spectroscopy

[ People:  D Nandi ]

  • Gas phase molecular dynamics
  • Collision physics
  • Dissociative electron attachment
  • Dipolar dissociation
  • Velocity slice imaging spectroscopy
  • Time-of-Flight mass spectrometry


Non-Linear Dynamics

[ People:  A GhoshP K Panigrahi,  R Bhattacharyya,  R De,  S Banerjee,  S Sinha ]

  • Dynamical systems
  • Chaos


Optics and Spectroscopy

[ PeopleA Banerjee,  B PalN Ghosh,  N Kamaraju,  P K Panigrahi,  R Bhattacharyya ]

  • Precision optical spectroscopy
  • Ultrafast spectroscopy
  • Photoemission spectroscopy
  • Nanophotonics
  • THz spectroscopy
  • THz imaging
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Quantum Optics


Particle Physics and High Energy Physics

[ PeopleB Mukhopadhyaya,  R K Singh ]

  • Collider phenomenology
  • Super-symmetry
  • Higgs bosons
  • Neutrino Physics


Soft Matter Physics

[ People:  A Kundagrami ]

  • Physics of liquid crystals, colloids, & polymers




Please visit our faculty page to find out specific research areas of our faculty members.