Assistant Professor

Dr Pankaj Bhalla

Department of Physics

Interests

  1. Topological Quantum Materials
  2. Transport and optical properties in 2D materials
  3. Many body physics

Education

2009

Guru Nanak Dev University
Amritsar
India
Bachelors

2011

Guru Nanak Dev University
Amritsar
India
Masters

2017

Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
India
PhD

Experience

  • June 2021 to July 2022, Postdoctoral Fellow – Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Research Fellow - Jul, 2018 - Jul, 2021, Future Low Energy Electronics Technology, Australia.
  • Visiting Fellow - Nov, 2019 - Feb, 2020, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Sep, 2018 - Aug, 2021, Beijing Computational Science Research Center, Beijing, China.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Feb, 2017 - Sep, 2017, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India.
  • Lecturer - Jul, 2011 - Feb, 2012, KRM DAV Collegiate School, Nakodar, India.

Research Interest

  • Theoretically model the non-equilibrium properties such as transport and optical responses of quantum materials which bring a revolution in day-to-day life, ranging from topological to spin-orbit hole system. The studies related to such materials have a wide number of applications in science and technology like cyber security, quantum computing, wireless networks, and lasers.
  • Nonlinear Effects in quantum materials
  • Probing many body physics in 2D materials
  • Spin-orbit torques
  • Quantum Engineered Thermoelectric

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2019 – Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Chinese Science Postdoctoral Foundation
  • 2017 – Post-Doctoral Fellowship – PRL, Ahmedabad
  • 2014 – Senior Research Fellowship – PRL, Ahmedabad
  • 2012 – Junior Research Fellowship – PRL, Ahmedabad

Publications

JOURNALS
  • 1. Second Harmonic Helicity and Faraday Rotation in Gated Single-Layer 1T′-WTe 2 , Pankaj Bhalla, and Habib Rostami, Phys. Rev. B 105, 235132 (2022)
  • 2. Pseudo-gauge field driven acoustoelectric current in 2D Dirac materials, Pankaj Bhalla, Giovanni Vignale, and Habib Rostami, Phys. Rev. B 105, 125407 (2022).
  • 3. Non-linear ballistic response of quantum spin-Hall edge states, Pankaj Bhalla, Ming- Xun Deng, Rui-Qiang Wang, Lan Wang, Dimitrie Culcer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 206801 (2021).
  • 4. Unidirectional magneto-transport of linearly dispersing topological edge states, Zhanning Wang, Pankaj Bhalla, Mark Edmonds, Michael S. Fuhrer, Dimitrie Culcer, Phys. Rev. B 104 L081406 (2021).
  • 5. Optical phonon contribution to the thermal conductivity of a quantum paraelectric, Pankaj Bhalla, and Nabyendu Das, J. Phys. Cond. Matt. 33, 345401 (2021).
  • 6. Intrinsic contribution to nonlinear thermoelectric effects in topological insulators, Pankaj Bhalla, Phys. Rev. B 103, 115304 (2021).
  • 7. Generating a topological anomalous Hall effect in a non-magnetic conductor, James H. Cullen, Pankaj Bhalla, E. Marcellina, A. R. Hamilton, and Dimitrie Culcer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 126 256601 (2021).
  • 8. Theory of the nonlinear response of doped magnetic topological materials: resonant photovoltaic effect, Pankaj Bhalla, Allan H. MacDonald, Dimitrie Culcer: Proc. SPIE 11470, Spintronics XIII, 114700X (2020).
  • 9. Resonant photovoltaic effect in doped magnetic semiconductors, Pankaj Bhalla, Allan H. MacDonald, Dimitrie Culcer: Phys. Rev. Lett. 124 087402 (2020).
  • 10. Strongly anisotropic magneto-resistance induced by the Zeeman effect in two-dimensional hole system, E. Marcellina, Pankaj Bhalla, A. R. Hamilton, Dimitrie Culcer: Phys. Rev. B, 101 121302 (2020).
  • 11. Non equilibrium electron relaxation in graphene, Luxmi Rani, Pankaj Bhalla and Navinder Singh: IJMPB, 33, 1950183 (2019) .
  • 12. Aspects of electron transport in zigzag graphene nanoribbons, Pankaj Bhalla and Surender Pratap: IJMPB, 32, 1850148 (2018) .
  • 13. A comparative study of finite frequency scattering rate from Allen, Mitrović-Fiorucci, Shulga- Dolgov-Maksimov, Sharapov-Carbotte and Götze-Wölfle Memory Function formalisms, Pankaj Bhalla and Navinder Singh: IJMPB, 33, 1950128 (2019).
  • 14. Finite frequency Seebeck coefficient of metals: A memory function approach, Pankaj Bhalla, Pradeep Kumar, Nabyendu Das and Navinder Singh: Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 109, 31 (2017).
  • 15. Role of acoustic phonons in frequency dependent thermal conductivity of graphene, Pankaj Bhalla: Phys. Lett. A 381, 924 (2017).
  • 16. Theory of the Dynamical Thermal conductivity of Metals, Pankaj Bhalla, Pradeep Kumar, Nabyendu Das and Navinder Singh: Phys. Rev. B 94, 115114 (2016).
  • 17. Memory Function Approach to Correlated Electron Transport: A Comprehensive Review, Nabyendu Das, Pankaj Bhalla and Navinder Singh: IJMPB 30, 1630015 (2016).
  • 18. Moment Expansion to the Memory Function for Generalized Drude Scattering rate, Pankaj Bhalla, Nabyendu Das and Navinder Singh: Phys. Lett. A 380, 2000 (2016).
  • 19. Generalized Drude Scattering rate from the memory function formalism: an independent verification of the Sharapov-Carbotte result, Pankaj Bhalla and Navinder Singh: Eur. Phys. J. B 89, 49 (2016).
  • 20. Infrared properties of cuprates in the pseudogap state: A study of Mitrovic-Fiorucci and Sharapov-Carbotte scattering rates, Pankaj Bhalla and Navinder Singh: Eur. Phys. J. B 87, 213 (2014).

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