Sounak Mukherjee

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata

Hello! I am Sounak, a 5th year BS-MS (Physics) student at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, India. I am currently working on my MS thesis under the guidance of Prof. Nirmalya Ghosh, Department of Physical Sciences, exploring orbital angular momentum of light. My research interest lies in experimental optics, with special inclination towards nanophotonics. I am also interested in quantum optics, ultrafast photonics, light matter interactions and optoelectronics, and eagerly want to explore these fields in the near future.

Get in touch with me at: sm15ms139@iiserkol.ac.in



Research

PUBLICATIONS

[1] Athira B. S., A. Laha, S. Das, S. Mukherjee, N. Ghosh, and D. Nandy, "Interferometric Measurement of Orbital Angular Momentum of Light", Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS, The Optical Society (Optical Society of America, 2019), paper JTu3A.21.

MS Thesis

IISER Kolkata, India

PROF. NIRMALYA GHOSH, DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES
  • Exploring Orbital Angular Momentum of Light
    • Quantification of orbital angular momentum Hall effect after partial refelction from dielectric interface, through interferometry and weak measurement
    • Weak value amplification of rotational Hall effect with radial and azimuthal states
    • Spin-orbit interaction of light in spatially tailored plasmonic nanostructures
    • Orbital angular momentum Hall effect in cyclic group symmetric metasurface
  • Single-shot measurement of space varying polarization state of light through interferometric quantification of geometric phase
  • Reading project on Mueller matrix spectroscopy and quantitative polarimetry
May 2019 - Present
December 2017 - April 2019

Summer Projects

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU)
& Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), Germany

PROF. DR. MATTHIAS F. KLING, ULTRAFAST NANOPHOTONICS LABORATORY
  • Designed and developed an actively stabilized interferometer to explore 'Attosecond Photoionization Time Delay of Molecules near Giant Resonance'
  • Implemented PID stabilization along with an algorithm to measure long term drifts of an interferometer to develop an interface in LabVIEW
  • [PDF]
May 2018 - July 2018

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India

PROF. JAYDEEP K. BASU, SOFT NANO-MATERIALS PHYSICS GROUP, DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
  • Summer Project on nano-optics, titled, 'Study of Semiconductor Nanostructures and their Optical Properties', to investigate properties of quantum dots and gold nanoparticles
  • [PDF]
May 2017 - July 2017

Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), India

PROF. A.N. SEKAR IYENGAR AND PROF. M.S. JANAKI, PLASMA PHYSICS DIVISION
  • Summer Project on nonlinear dynamics, titled, 'Study of a Driven Damped Oscillator in One-dimensional Motion Using Recurrence Quantification Analysis'
May 2016 - July 2016


Other than my main areas of research in optics, I have worked on the following short-term projects during my coursework at IISER Kolkata:

PROF. Chiranjib Mitra, DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES
  • 'Introduction to Quantum Optics', as an 'Independent Study' course (PH5102)
  • [PDF]
August 2019 - Present
PROF. PRASANTA K. PANIGRAHI, DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES
  • 'Spin-Orbit Interaction and Berry Phase', as a part of the course on Advanced Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics (PH4107)
  • [PDF]
August 2018 - November 2018
DR. KOEL DAS, DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS & DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
  • 'Using Exploratory Data Analysis to Predict the Origin of a Song with Strong Inuence on the Musical Features', as a part of Statistics Laboratory Course (ID4208)
  • [PDF]
  • Cluster analysis on the dataset of 3D Road Network (North Jutland, Denmark) based on elevations and spatial location, as a part of the course on Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms (MA3205)
  • [PDF]
January 2019 - May 2019
January 2018 - April 2018
PROF. SOUMITRA BANNERJEE AND PROF. GOUTAM DEV MUKHERJEE, DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES
  • 'Wireless Audio Transmission Using Frequency Modulation', as a part of Electronics Laboratory Course (PH3104)
  • [PDF]
August 2017- December 2017

Education

IISER Kolkata

BS-MS Dual Degree (Physics)
August 2015 - Present

South Point High School, Kolkata

Higher Secondary (WBCHSE) and Madhyamik Examination (WBBSE)
April 2002 - May 2015

Skills

Working in experimental optics, I am learning the common experimental techniques used in the field. I love making things from scratch and designing and developing experiments. Additionally, I have a passion for coding. I am eager and fast to learn new programming languages or packages. Besides experiments, it is always exciting for me to study or work out the theoretical background for real life experiments, simulate the results and analyse experimental data.

Cyber Skills
  • Programming Languages: C, C++, Python, Visual BASIC, SQL
  • Web Designing: HTML, CSS and basics of JavaScript
  • Graphics & Media Designing: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Premier Pro
  • Other Packages: Matlab, Wolfram Mathematica, LabVIEW, LaTeX, GNUplot, OriginPro, MS Office

Accolades

  • Best Poster Award, Student Conference on Optics and Photonics (SCOP) - PRL, Ahmedabad, India (2019)
  • Selected as a Young Scientist to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physics) - Lindau, Germany (2019)
  • Recipient of OSA Foundation Grant for attending the Siegman International Summer School on Lasers - University of Rochester, New York, USA (2019)
  • Recipient of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - Working Internships in Science and Engineering (DAAD-WISE) scholarship - LMU, Munich, Germany (2018)
  • Asian Science Camp 2016 Delegate - IISc, Bengaluru, India (2016)
  • 1st Prize for Poster Presentation, Asian Science Camp 2016 - IISc, Bengaluru, India (2016)
  • Participated in NIUS (Physics) Exposure and Nurture Camp 13.1 - Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), TIFR, Mumbai, India (2016)
  • C.N.R. Rao Education Foundation Prize for securing the highest marks in 1st semester - IISER Kolkata, India (2015)
  • Recipient of DST INSPIRE Fellowship - IISER Kolkata, India (2015-Present)

Extracurricular Activities & Interests

Apart from Physics, I have a passion for art and photography. I have pursued a senior diploma in Art from Sarbabharatiya Sangeet-o-Sanskriti Parishad, West Bengal, India. I enjoy spending time alone sketching the myriad facets of my thoughts, or caputuring the world around, through the eyes of my camera. I have a special affinity towards street and portrait photography. I love shooting and editing videos as well. Extending the domain of art to the digital medium, I found my love in graphics and media designing. Sometimes, I work as a freelancer designing logos, posters, infographics, vector illustrations, icons and the like.

Besides all these, I love travelling. I have a keen desire to explore the world and tread the untrodden, gathering ethereal experiences in the ephemeral moments of life. I like watching movies that make people think. I like to express my thoughts through writing.


Blog

The following articles feature my views on science related topics:

"Chandrayaan-2 mission will benefit people: Scientists" - TheWeek

By PTI, New Delhi, Jul 23, 2019: As India's ambitious mission to the Moon successfully took to the skies on Monday, scientists across the country congratulated space agency ISRO and said it is a demonstration of the country's technological excellence, scientific potential and the spirit of exploration.

"Young Indian scientists want Modi govt to take steps to stop 'brain drain', boost research funding" - Outlook

By Shakoor Rather, Lindau (Germany), Jul 3, 2019: As a large number of qualified Indians continue to go abroad for better opportunities, the country's generation-next scientists have urged the government to take immediate steps to stop this "brain drain".



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