Mishkat Bhattacharya

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

OfficeCAR 3144
Phone(585) 475-6151

Mailing Address

School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623

Dr. Bhattacharya received his B.Tech in Engineering Physics(1995) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and his M.A.(1997) and Ph.D.(2005) in Physics from the University of Rochester. He held postdoctoral positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, the University of Arizona, Tucson and the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined the Institute in 2011. Dr. Bhattacharya is a member of the American Physical Society and of the Optical Society of America and serves as a referee for several journals, including Physical Review Letters, American Journal of Physics, Optics Letters and the Journal of Physics A. He has been the recipient of an American Association of Physics Teachers Award (1996) and a Cottrell College Science Award (2012).

Research Interests

Prof. Bhattacharya's research interests are in the areas of theoretical quantum electrodynamics, especially quantum optics and low temperature physics. His current work is centered around three areas. The first field of interest involves atomic physics, including laser cooling and trapping, spectroscopy and scattering theory. The second area of focus is nanomechanics, especially quantum machines, the manipulation of small objects with singular optics, and light-matter interfaces. The third subject of research is superconductivity, in the context of quantum computation, optical interactions in superconductors, and detectors.

Selected Publications

1. M. Bhattacharya, Z. Howard and M. Kleinert, ``Ground state OH molecule in combined electric and magnetic fields: Analytic solution of the effective Hamiltonian", Phys. Rev. A 88, 012503 (2013).
2. H. Shi and M. Bhattacharya, ``Mechanical memory for photons with orbital angular momentum", J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 46, 151001 (2013).
3. M. Bhattacharya and P. Meystre, "Using a Laguerre-Gaussian beam to trap and cool the rotational motion of a mirror", Physical Review Letters 99, 153603 (2007).
4. M. Bhattacharya and P. Meystre, "Trapping and cooling a mirror to its quantum mechanical ground state"€, Physical Review Letters 99, 073601 (2007).
5. M. Bhattacharya and C. Raman,"Detecting level crossings without looking at the spectrum", Physical Review Letters 97, 140405 (2006).