Dr. Goutam Dev Mukherjee

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar
Field of Specialization: Physics
Name: Dr. Goutam Dev Mukherjee
Official Address and Designation: Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Sciences
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) –
Kolkata (Mohanpur Campus)
P.O. BCKVV Campus Main Office
Nadia 741 252
West Bengal
Telephone (O): 91-9748723613
E-mail: goutamdev.mukherjee@gmail.com
Duration of Grant: Six Months
Project Title: Hydrogen and its isotopes at ultra high pressures
Abstract of Project :
During my Fulbright project, I will study hydrogen and its isotopes at extreme high pressures with the goal of observing metallization. The melting line of hydrogen and its isotopes will be extended above 300 GPa pressure using diamond anvil cells to verify the theoretical predictions of molecular - nonmolecular liquid phase transition and kinetically hindered metallic phase. In addition, the hydrogen sample in diamond anvil cells will be cooled to liquid helium temperatures and then studied at very high pressures of above 300 GPa to search for new phases using Raman spectroscopy and electrical conductivity. The project results will provide a theoretical base for understanding the complex quantum behavior and will have technological applications due to the high density and energy of the metallic hydrogen.

Academic Background :
Ph.D. Experimental condensed Matter Physics University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 1997
M.Sc. Physics University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 1990
B.Sc. Physics Utkal University, Bhubaneswar 1988
Professional Background :
Assistant Professor IISER, Kolkata 2008- till date
Scientific Officer (D&E) Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 2000-2008
Dr. Goutam Dev Mukherjee