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Mishkat Bhattacharya

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of Technology

I have a PhD (University of Rochester) in experimental atomic physics, having worked on laser cooled and trapped atoms with applications to precision spectroscopy and cold molecule formation.

I have postdoctoral experience (Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, University of Maryland, College Park) in theoretical quantum optics, which is my research area currently.

My current focus is on optomechanics. I have worked extensively on cavity optomechanics; my group pioneered the theoretical study of the more recent field of levitated optomechanics without optical cavities (optical tweezers). I have authored invited reviews on the latter topic for trade journals such as Optics and Photonics News; and organized an incubator meeting for the Optical Society of America also on the same topic.

I have published 47 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Nature Photonics, Physical Review Letters, Optica and Optics Express. I have presented my work in 83 talks, about half of them invited, including in countries such as Australia, Taiwan and Japan.

I have accrued continuous research funding since 2011 and my student Hao Shi won the prestigious Leroy Apker Award of the American Physical Society for undergraduate research in 2013. My collaborations include researchers at Yale, Northwestern, the University of College Park in Maryland, the University of Rochester, and the University of Washington. My research has been publicized in the Cern Courier,, the Rochester Business Journal, Newsletter of the American Physical Society,, and

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  • –present
    Associate Professor in the School of Astronomy , Rochester Institute of Technology


  • 2005 
    University of Rochester, PhD/Physics


NSF Career Award, Breakthroughs of the Year 2019 (Optics and Photonics News)