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Arnab Banerjee

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Arnab Banerjee
PHYS 168
(765) 494-3028


University of Chicago PhD      Physics 2013
University of Chicago MS Physics 2008
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur    MS Physics 2006
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur BS Physics     2005


January 2020-  Assistant Professor Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University
2017-2019 Scientist Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2013-2017 ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow   Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2004-2005 DAAD UG Fellow University of Goetingen



I am now at Purdue University and open to collaborations! I also have a guest scientist appointment with the Quantum Computing Institute at ORNL. Stay tuned, my website link (Oh, still some issues!)

I am hiring! I have an opening for one post-doctoral candidate interested in precision low-temperature measurements, and one graduate student interested in quantum simulations of neutron data, working closely with the national laboratories. If you are interested, please email me. Also, see you at the APS March Meeting 2022 in Chicago, IL.


Research Theme

A significant amount of human progress has been driven by the discovery and control of materials with exceptional properties. This includes the development of modern computers which derived from the control of Silicon or the electric cars which have followed the advancement of Lithium batteries. In the past few decades, the power of material-derived electronics has grown exponentially fast as described by Moore's Law. However, it is now very apparent that the growth will slow down unless we can capture and control the quantum effects in materials that arise from quantum zero-point motion and Heisenberg's uncertainty. How do we do that? The goal of my research is to understand the quantum properties of materials towards making them useful for tomorrow's technology. My research provides insights into new quantum phenomenology in new magnetic materials both in the bulk and device geometries using reciprocal space, such as neutron scattering, and millikelvin transport techniques when the data is mapped into appropriate, preferably quantum models to capture the effects of zero-point motion, fractionalization, quantization, and coherence. 



I am teaching Physics-461, Quantum Physics II, in the Spring semester to physics Honors and masters students. I am teaching Physics-416, Statistical Physics I, in the Fall semester to physics Honors students and masters students. My class hours are Tu/Th 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Bring on the uncertainty!

Previous courses taught: Physics-172, Matter and Interactions (Freshman Engineering students) Fall, Spring - 2021,2022


Honors and Awards

Reviewer of the Year Award Inst. of Physics - J. Phys. 2019
MRS Postdoctoral Research Award Material Research Society 2018
Top 100 Science Achievements of 2016 Discover Magazine 2017
Research Accomplishment Award UT-Battelle Foundation 2016
Director's Award Oak Ridge National Laboratory           2016  
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Fellowship           University of Chicago 2007
Institute Silver Medal Indian Institute of Technology 2006
HN Bose Award for Academic Excellence Indian Institute of Technology 2005
DAAD Exchange Fellowship University of Goettingen 2004
JC Bose National Science Talent Fellow Govt. of West Bengal, India 2001



Group Members Fall 2021 (Please feel free to contact any of them for more information):

  • Current Post-Doc: Dr. Gavin Hester (PhD, Colorado, 2021)
  • Current PhD students in our group: Kiranmayi Dattareya Dixit (Physics), Norhan Eassa Mahmoud (Physics), Guga Khundzakishvili (Physics).
  • Current PhD students affiliated with our group: Bilal Khalid (Physics, jointly with Prof. Sabre Kais), Hanjing Xu (Computer Science, working with Prof. Alex Pothen), Jhinkyu Choi (590 student), Ramon Suarez (590 student).
  • Current UG students: Amit Rajapurohita (Physics), Eliana Stoyanoff (Computer Science).
  • Close collaborators and past group members: Samudra Dasgupta (PhD candidate at ORNL and Bredesen Center), Dimitrios Kromyddas (PhD candidate, Leiden University), Paul Kairys (PhD candidate at ORNL and Bredesen Center).


News and Updates:

July-2021: Our group is now Slacking. If you want to be a part of the discussion in the group as a guest and to know the work in the group, please email me.

July-2021: CONGRATULATIONS: Akshat Anand Jha, (UG-Physics 2021) from our group for getting accepted for graduate studies at Imperial College, London.

May-2021: CONGRATULATIONS: Eliana Soyanoff, (UG-Computer Science, 2023) for securing NSF-REU Fellowship in our group for working on a joint project on frustrated magnetism and applications to neutron scattering.

April-2021: WELCOME: Gavin Hester (Ph.D., Kate Ross group at U-Colorado), joins the group as our first post-doctoral candidate.

April-2021: CONGRATULATIONS: Hanjing Xu, (PhD candidate, Department of Computer Science), working closely with our group, for securing a summer internship at Fujitsu Corp. working on Ising Digital Annealing.

April-2021: CONGRATULATIONS: Norhan Eassa Mahmoud, (PhD candidate, Department of Physics), in our group for securing Summer Internship at IBM-Q, Almaden with Jeffrey Cohn and Barbara Jones.

March-2021: NSF PLANNING GRANT: Center for Quantum Technologies (CQT) floated towards Phase-I IUCRC planning.

December-2021: DOE GRANT: Our group secured the DOE - Quantum Science Center ( grant under the National Quantum Initiative, to study avenues aiding future quantum computing technologies. The total project is worth $115M and is administered by ORNL. Our laboratory is participating in two subprojects:  (1) Material Design, Characterization and Transport studies of Kitaev Quantum Spin Liquid platforms for future applications (Grad Student: Kiranmayi Dixit), (2) Use of near-term NISQ quantum hardware for the analysis of neutron scattering data on frustrated quantum magnets towards the search for topological physics. (Grad Students: Norhan Eassa Mahmoud, Bilal Khlid).

July-2020: CONGRATULATIONS: Kiranmayi Dixit (PhD Candidate, Department of Physics) from our group for the Ralf Scharenberg Fellowship.

April-2020: CONGRATULATIONS: Samudra Dasgupta, for getting accepted in Bredesen Center at Univ. Tenn., Knoxville for doing research with the Quantum Computing Institute at ORNL.

January-2020: Joined Purdue formally. Teaching PHYS-172 and then Oh! Covid.



Last Updated: Oct 7, 2021 4:39 PM

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