Soma, Venugopal Rao

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Prof. Venugopal Rao Soma

Professor, ARCHEM
Univ of Hyderabad
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Area of Expertise: Ultrafast Optics, Nanophotonics, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, Nonlinear Optics, Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Femtosecond laser-matter interaction
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I have more than EIGHTEEN years of research experience in the field of experimental Nonlinear Optics and Photonics. I had obtained my Master's degree (with specialization in the area of Electronics) and Ph.D. degree from University of Hyderabad, India. My thesis, supervised by Prof. D. Narayana Rao, dealt with Incoherent Laser Spectroscopy for the measurement of ultra-fast relaxation times and third order nonlinearities in a variety of organic molecules, including C60, Porphyrins, and Phthalocyanines, using a nanosecond laser. I had spent close to three years as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh (Now at ICFO, Barcelona, Spain) at University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK working in the area of Semiconductor Nonlinear Optics investigating semiconductor hetero-structures for nonlinear frequency conversion using different phase-matching schemes with femtosecond pulses. From July 2003 until December 2004, I was associated with Centre for Ion Beam Applications group headed by Prof. Frank Watt as a Research Fellow in the physics department at National University of Singapore. My interests at NUS involved proton beam writing and its applications for Polymer Photonics. From December 2004 to May 2007 I was associated with the physics department of Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati as Assistant Professor focusing on development of a Nonlinear Optics and Photonics laboratory and was actively involved in teaching graduate and under-graduate students. Since June 2007 I am associated with Advanced Centre of Research on High Energy Materials (ACRHEM), University of Hyderabad working towards understanding the interaction of nanosecond, picosecond, and femtosecond laser pulses with high energy materials using various time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. I have more than 250 publications (journal papers + conference proceedings) with >4100 citations (google scholar). H-index of 33 recorded in SCOPUS and 36 in GOOGLE SCHOLAR
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