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Dr. Ganesh Sundaram

Chairperson, Physics, School of Arts and Sciences, Amritapuri | Associate Professor, Physics, School of Arts and Sciences, Amritapuri

Qualification: B. Tech., Ph.D
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Research Interest: Condensed Matter Physics – theory and computations, wave-packet dynamics, Berry phase effects, anomalous Hall effect, multi-body dynamics, optical metrology, synchronization phenomena in nonlinear dynamics.


Dr. Ganesh Sundaram joined Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in 2006. He has a wide variety of interests, education and experience, and is a strong proponent (and example) of interdisciplinary studies. Dr. Sundaram received his B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras and continued as a Junior Research Fellow and graduate student at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

He was selected for the prestigious Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Junior Research Fellowship in 1993, but chose instead to go to the University of Texas at Austin, USA. From 1993 to 2000, he worked as a teaching and research assistant at University of Texas where he received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2000. His dissertation focused on Theoretical Solid State and is titled, “Wave packet dynamics in slowly perturbed crystals: Gradient energy and Berry-phase corrections.”

While in the USA, he worked as a software engineer for Lockheed Martin Global Communications, after which he conducted independent research on Computer Simulation, Graphics and Animation using Java. Dr. Sundaram has publications in refereed journals and has used Java to develop a Carrom game that has been published on the web.

Dr. Ganesh Sundaram currently serves as Chairperson and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, School of Arts & Sciences, Amritapuri. While at Amrita, he continues to promote interdisciplinary studies and is currently advising Electrical Engineering students on their projects.


Journal Article

Year : 2018

Certain Investigations on Soft Lander for Lunar Exploration

Cite this Research Publication : Ganesh Sundaram ,Ganesha Udupa , Pooja Poduval, Aditya A.P., Kenneth Pillai,Naveen Kumar, Nikhil Shaji, Nikhil P.C., Praveen Ramacharan , Sreerag S. Rajan,"Certain Investigations on Soft Lander for Lunar Exploration", Procedia Computer Science, 2018, 133, pp. 393–400.

Publisher : Elsevier

Year : 1999

Wave-packet dynamics in slowly perturbed crystals: Gradient corrections and Berry-phase effects

Cite this Research Publication : Ganesh Sundaram and Qian Niu, "Wave-packet dynamics in slowly perturbed crystals: gradient corrections and berry-phase effects" ,Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 1999, 59(23), pp. 14915–14925.

Conference Paper

Year : 2017

Inverse Kinematics of a Dual Linear Actuator Pitch/Roll Heliostat

Cite this Research Publication : J. Freeman, B. Shankar, and G. Sundaram, “Inverse kinematics of a dual linear actuator pitch/roll heliostat”, in AIP Conference Proceedings, 2017, vol. 1850

Publisher : AIP Conference Proceedings, American Institute of Physics Inc.

Year : 2016

Fluidic Deflection ofAsymmetric Flexible Pipes and its Control for Robotic Applications

Cite this Research Publication : Pramod Sreedharan, Ganesh Sundaram, Ganesh Udupa, “Fluidic Deflection ofAsymmetric Flexible Pipes and its Control for Robotic Applications”, at NAFEMS2016, Aug 29-31, 2016, at NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bangalore


Year : 2013

Integrated Closed-Loop Highly Efficient Renewable Energy System

Cite this Research Publication : G. Sundaram, Freeman, J., and Shanmugam, J., “Integrated Closed-Loop Highly Efficient Renewable Energy System”, U.S. Patent 4480/CHE/20132013.

Publisher : Number 4480/CHE/2013, INDIA


Research Grants

  • (Co-PI) Lunar-Lander Soft Landing Dynamics Project with ISRO (2013, 10 L)

Research Talks Delivered

  • APS March Meeting Talk, 1997
  • APS March Meeting Talk, 1998
  • Institute of Mathematical Sciences, March, 2003.
  • IIIT, Kanceepuram, July, 2018
FDP / Workshops
  • Nanoscience and Nanotech Workshop, Amritapuri, 2007
  • Refresher Course in Experimental Physics 64, 2014 June-July
  • QSEC23 – Quantum Science, Engineering and Computation
Invited Talks
  • Invited Talk Mathematica for AICTE sponsored Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on Computer Algebra Systems in Applied mathematics in Vidya Academy of Science & Technology, Thrissur, Kerala during 30 Dec 2019 – 11 Jan 2020.
  • Talk on Berry Phases in Physics, RCEP64 FDP, 2014, Amritapuri
  • Talk in Physics for Nanotechnology Workshop, 2007, Amritapuri
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