Mithun Bhowmick

Mithun Bhowmick

Assistant Professor

205A Thesken Hall


  • 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


  • D.D. Dlott, M. Akhtar, W.P. Bassett, M. Bhowmick, B.P. Johnson, S. Matveev, E. Nissen, L.E. Salvati III, S. Stekovic, W. Zhang, X. Zhou, Shock Compression Microscopy: Shocked Materials with High Time and Space Resolution, Lawrence Livermore National Lab.(LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States), LLNL-PROC-782266 (2019)
  • M. Bhowmick, H. Xi, M. Androulidaki, B. Ullrich, Mathematical assessment of the thermal band gap variation of semiconductors, Physica Scripta 94 (8), 085701 (2019)
  • M. Bhowmick, W.P. Basset, S. Matveev, L. Salvati III, D.D. Dlott, Optical windows as materials for high-speed shock wave detectors, AIP Advances 8 (12), 125123 (2018)
  • M. Bhowmick, E.J. Nissen, D.D. Dlott, Detonation on a tabletop: Nitromethane with high time and space resolution, Journal of Applied Physics 124 (7), 075901 (2018)
  • Haowen Xi, Bruno Ullrich, Mithun Bhowmick, "Link between Debye temperature, band-gap energy and fine structure constant", Frontiers in Optics, JTu2A 69, (2018).
  • M. Bhowmick, B. Ullrich, M. Androulidaki, H. Xi, The thermo-electric nature of the Debye temperature, AIP Advances 8 (5), 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, G. Sanders, C.J. Stanton, 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)
  • B. Ullrich, A.K. Singh, M. Bhowmick, P. Barik, D. Ariza-Flores, H. Xi, J.W. Tomm, Photoluminescence lineshape of ZnO, AIP Advances 4 (12), 123001 (2014)
  • B. Ullrich, D. Ariza-Flores, M. Bhowmick, Intrinsic photoluminescence Stokes shift in semiconductors demonstrated by thin-film CdS formed with pulsed-laser deposition,Thin Solid Films 558, 24-26 (2014)
  • B. Ullrich, A. Antillón, M. Bhowmick, J.S. Wang, H. Xi, Atomic transition region at the crossover between quantum dots to molecules, Physica Scripta 89 (2), 025801 (2014)
  • M.A. Meeker, B.A. Magill, T.R. Merritt, M. Bhowmick, K. McCutcheon, G.A. Khodaparast, J.G. Tischler, S. McGill, S.G. Choi, C.J. Palmstrøm, Dynamics of photoexcited carriers and spins in InAsP ternary alloys, Applied Physics Letters 102 (22), 222102 (2013)
  • M. Bhowmick, T.R. Merritt, G.A. Khodaparast, B. W Wessels, S. A. McGill, D. Saha, X. Pan, G.D. Sanders, C.J. Stanton, Time-resolved differential transmission in MOVPE-grown ferromagnetic InMnAs, Physical Review B 85 (12), 125313 (2012)
  • M. Bhowmick, R.N. Kini, K. Nontapot, N. Goel, S.J. Chung, T.D. Mishima, Probe of interband relaxations of photo-excited carriers and spins in InSb based quantum wells, Physics Procedia 3 (2), 1161-11652 (2010)
  • M. Bhowmick, T.R. Merritt, K. Nontapot, B.W. Wessels, O. Drachenko, Time resolved spectroscopy of InMnAs using differential transmission technique in mid-infrared, Physics Procedia 3 (2), 1167-1170 (2010)
  • G.A. Khodaparast, M. Bhowmick, M. Frazier, R.N. Kini, K. Nontapot, Probe of coherent and quantum states in narrow-gap semiconductors in the presence of strong spin-orbit coupling, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices VII 7608, 76080O (2010)