Assistant Professor

Dr Pankaj Bhalla

Department of Physics


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



Guru Nanak Dev University


Guru Nanak Dev University


Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad


  • 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


  • Pankaj Bhalla, Kamal Das, Dimitrie Culcer, and Amit Agarwal, Resonant Second-Harmonic Generation as a Probe of Quantum Geometry, Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 227401 (2022). IF: 9.161.

  • Pankaj Bhalla, and Habib Rostami, Second Harmonic Helicity and Faraday Rotation in Gated Single-Layer 1T′-WTe2, Phys. Rev. B 105, 235132 (2022). IF: 4.036.

  • Pankaj Bhalla, Giovanni Vignale, and Habib Rostami, Pseudo-gauge field driven acoustoelectric current in 2D Dirac materials, Phys. Rev. B 105, 125407 (2022). IF: 4.036.

  • Pankaj Bhalla, Ming-Xun Deng, Rui-Qiang Wang, Lan Wang, Dimitrie Culcer, Non-linear ballistic response of quantum spin-Hall edge states, Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 206801 (2021). IF: 9.161.

  • Zhanning Wang, Pankaj Bhalla, Mark Edmonds, Michael S. Fuhrer, Dimitrie Culcer, Unidirectional magneto-transport of linearly dispersing topological edge states, Phys. Rev. B 104 L081406 (2021). IF: 4.036.

  • Pankaj Bhalla, and Nabyendu Das, Optical phonon contribution to the thermal conductivity of a quantum paraelectric, J. Phys. Cond. Matt. 33, 345401 (2021). IF: 2.333.

  • Pankaj Bhalla, Intrinsic contribution to nonlinear thermoelectric effects in topological insulators, Phys. Rev. B 103, 115304 (2021). IF: 4.036.

  • James H. Cullen, Pankaj Bhalla, E. Marcellina, A. R. Hamilton, and Dimitrie Culcer, Generating a topological anomalous Hall effect in a non-magnetic conductor, Phys. Rev. Lett. 126 256601 (2021). IF: 9.161.

  • Pankaj Bhalla, Allan H. MacDonald, Dimitrie Culcer, Theory of the nonlinear response of doped magnetic topological materials: resonant photovoltaic effect, Proc. SPIE 11470, Spintronics XIII, 114700X (2020).

  • Pankaj Bhalla, Allan H. MacDonald, Dimitrie Culcer, Resonant photovoltaic effect in doped magnetic semiconductors, Phys. Rev. Lett. 124 087402 (2020). IF: 9.161.

  • E. Marcellina, Pankaj Bhalla, A. R. Hamilton, Dimitrie Culcer, Strongly anisotropic magneto-resistance induced by the Zeeman effect in two-dimensional hole system, Phys. Rev. B, 101 121302 (2020). IF: 4.036.

  • Luxmi Rani, Pankaj Bhalla and Navinder Singh, Non equilibrium electron relaxation in graphene, IJMPB, 33, 1950183 (2019). IF: 0.863.

  • Pankaj Bhalla and Surender Pratap, Aspects of electron transport in zigzag graphene nanoribbons, IJMPB, 32, 1850148 (2018). IF: 0.863.

  • Pankaj Bhalla and Navinder Singh, A comparative study of finite frequency scattering rate from Allen, Mitrović-Fiorucci, Shulga-Dolgov-Maksimov, Sharapov-Carbotte and Götze-Wölfle Memory Function formalisms, IJMPB, 33, 1950128 (2019). IF: 0.863.

  • Pankaj Bhalla, Pradeep Kumar, Nabyendu Das and Navinder Singh, Finite frequency Seebeck coefficient of metals: A memory function approach, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 109, 31 (2017). IF: 2.285.

  • Pankaj Bhalla, Role of acoustic phonons in frequency dependent thermal conductivity of graphene, Phys. Lett. A 381, 924 (2017). IF: 1.308.

  • Pankaj Bhalla, Pradeep Kumar, Nabyendu Das and Navinder Singh, Theory of the Dynamical Thermal conductivity of Metals, Phys. Rev. B 94, 115114 (2016). IF: 3.83

  • Nabyendu Das, Pankaj Bhalla and Navinder Singh, Memory Function Approach to Correlated Electron Transport: A Comprehensive Review, IJMPB 30, 1630015 (2016). IF: 0.736.

  • Pankaj Bhalla, Nabyendu Das and Navinder Singh, Moment Expansion to the Memory Function for Generalized Drude Scattering rate, Phys. Lett. A 380, 2000 (2016). IF: 1.165.

  • Pankaj Bhalla and Navinder Singh, Generalized Drude Scattering rate from the memory function formalism: an independent verification of the Sharapov-Carbotte result, Eur. Phys. J. B 89, 49 (2016). IF: 1.345.

  • Pankaj Bhalla and Navinder Singh, Infrared properties of cuprates in the pseudogap state: A study of Mitrovic-Fiorucci and Sharapov-Carbotte scattering rates, Eur.Phys. J. B.,87, 213 (2014). IF: 1.345.

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