Mithun Bhowmick

Mithun Bhowmick

Assistant Professor

205A Thesken Hall

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  • PhD. Physics, Virginia Tech
  • M.S. Physics, Bowling Green State University
  • B.Sc. Physics, University of Calcutta


  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015-2019
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Nazarbayev University, 2012-2015
  • Visiting Research Professor, National University of Mexico (UNAM), 2013-2015
  • Graduate Assistant, Virginia Tech and Bowling Green State University, 2005-2012


  • The Philip Morris Fellowship, Department of Physics, Virginia Tech 2012
  • The Jamie Dunn Award, Department of Physics, Virginia Tech 2010


  • Ministry of Education and Science, Kazakhstan (MES) Grant 2014-2015 
  • Nazarbayev University Research Innovation and System Equipment Grant 2012-2014 

Research Interests

  • Shock compression of condensed matter
  • Optical properties of semiconductors
  • Carrier and spin dynamics in semiconductor heterostructures

Research Opportunities for Students

Dr. Bhowmick’s research is involved in shock compression of condensed matter experiments in conventional as well as novel materials. The motivation is to understand fundamental processes that dictate alterations in physical and chemical properties of materials when they are put under extreme conditions. Collaborative projects have been initiated between geology, chemistry, materials science and physics departments. For the simple characterizations of the materials (UV-VIS, Fluorescence, FTIR etc.), either the newly developed optics lab or the analytical chemistry facilities (both at MUM) could be used. There are supplemental facilities at other campuses (XRD, confocal Raman) and at collaborating institutions (University of Illinois, Northern Kentucky University) to be used when necessary.

If you are interested to learn more about Dr. Bhowmick’s research, send an email to express your interest. Below are some of the research directions we are pursuing currently. If you are interested in something that is related but not listed here, feel free to email me.

  • Shock compression in geological samples
  • Novel materials under extreme conditions
  • Optical properties in semiconductor quantum dot systems
  • Mechanochemistry of shock initiated energetic liquids

Selected Publications

  • E. J. Nissen, M. Bhowmick, D. D. Dlott, “Shock-induced kinetics and cellular structures of liquid nitromethane detonation”, Combustion and Flame 225 5-12 (2021).
  • B. Ullrich, H. Xi, M. Bhowmick, “Correction of the Fan factor”, AIP Advances 10, 035014 (2020).
  • W. P. Bassett, B. P. Johnson, L. Salvati, III, E. J. Nissen, M. Bhowmick, and D. D. Dlott, “Shock initiation microscopy with high time and space resolution”, Propellants, Explosives, and Pyrotechnics, 45, 1-4 (2020).
  • M. Bhowmick, H. Xi, M. Androulidaki, B. Ullrich, “Mathematical assessment of the thermal band gap variation of semiconductors”, Physica Scripta 94 085701 (2019).
  • M. Bhowmick, W. P. Basset, S. Matveev, L. Salvati III and D. D. Dlott, “Optical windows as high-speed shock wave detectors” AIP Advances 8, 125123 (2018).
  • M. Bhowmick, Erin J. Nissen, and Dana D. Dlott “Detonation on a tabletop: Nitromethane with high time and space resolution”, Journal of Applied Physics 124, 075901 (2018).
  • M. Bhowmick, B. Ullrich, M. Androulidaki, H. Xi, “The thermos-electric nature of the Debye temperature”, AIP Advances 8, 055318 (2018).
  • B. Ullrich, M. Bhowmick, H. Xi, “Relation between Debye temperature and energy band gap of semiconductors”, AIP Advances 7 (4), 045109 (2017).
  • M. Bhowmick, G.A Khodaparast, T.D Mishima, M.B Santos, D. Saha, “Interband and intraband relaxation dynamics in InSb based quantum wells”, Journal of Applied Physics 120 (23), 235702 (2016).
  • B. Ullrich, A.K. Singh, P. Barik, H. Xi, M. Bhowmick “Inherent photoluminescence Stokes shift in GaAs” Optics Letters 40 (11), 2580-2583 (2015).
  • M. Bhowmick, T. R. Merritt, G. A. Khodaparast, Bruce W. Wessels, Stephen A. McGill, D. Saha, X. Pan, G. D. Sanders, C. J. Stanton,"Time Resolved Differential Transmission Measurements in Ferromagnetic MOVPE Grown InMnAs" Physical Review B, 85, 125313 (2012).