Shouvik Mukherjee

PhD candidate, Physics and Astronomy
University of Pittsburgh

About Me

I am a 6th year Ph.D. student majoring in experimental condensed matter physics at University of Pittsburgh. I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. David Snoke.

I joined Dr. Snoke's group in the spring of 2017 and since then I have been engaged in studying fascinating properties of liquid light created inside a III-V semiconductor microcavity using optical techniques. My research focuses on studying the dynamics of a polariton condensate in a ring geometry. Some questions partially addressed in my work are: 1. How does a trapped one-dimensional nonequilibrium condensate thermalize following a quench? 2. How to apply drag force on a superfluid of photons?

Earlier, I studied the relative phase dynamics of two coupled one-dimensional Bose-Einstein condensates using theoretical techniques from quantum optics and many-body physics with Prof. David Pekker.

I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors (Honours) and Masters in Physics from Indian Insititue of Technology Kharagpur. In my undergraduate research I investigated cascaded second-order processes for developing tunable optical parametric amplifiers and modelocked picosecond lasers. I was advised by Prof. Prasanta Kumar Datta.

Contact Details

Email: shouvik[dot]mukherjee(at)pitt{dot}edu
3941 O’Hara Street, Allen G12, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA


University of Pittsburgh

Ph.D. in Physics Sept. 2014 - Present

University of Pittsburgh

MS in Physics Sept. 2014 - April 2016

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. in Physics2009 - 2014

Work Experience

University of Pittsburgh

Research assistant Sept. 2015 - Present

Institut national de la rescherche scientifique, Varennes

Research intern May - July 2013

Time domain terahertz spectroscopy Advisor: Prof. Tsuneyuki Ozaki.


Digital and analog electronics

Teaching Assistant Spring 2017, 2018 and 2019

Wave motion and optics

Teaching Assistant Fall 2018

Quantum mechanics

Teaching Assistant Fall 2016, 2017


Thomas Lain scholarship

Departmental essay writing competetion 2019-2020

Dietrich school of Arts and Sciences fellowship

Outstanding academic excellence 2014 - 2015, 2019

Pittsburgh Quantum Institute research award

Outstanding graduate research excellence 2018

MITACS Globalink scholarship

12 week competetive internship in Canada 2013

INSPIRE scholarship

Department of science and technology, India 2009 - 2014

Working Papers

Steady state theory of electron drag on polariton condensate

S. Mukherjee, A.S. Bradley and D.W. Snoke

Pushing photons with electrons: observation of the polariton drag effect

D.M. Myers, Qi Yao, S. Mukherjee , B. Ozden, J. Beaumariage, L. Pfeiffer, K. West and D.W.Snoke

Dynamics of spin polarization in tilted polariton rings

S. Mukherjee, V.K. Kozin, A.V. Nalitov, I.A. Sheylekh, Z. Sun, D.M. Myers, B. Ozden, J. Beaumariage, L. Pfeiffer, K. West and D.W. Snoke [presented at DAMOP meeting 2020]

Experimental determinations of polariton-polariton interactions in microcavities

D.W. Snoke, V. Hartwell, J. Beaumariage, S. Mukherjee, Y. Yoon, D.M. Myers, M. Steger and K.A. Nelson


[ Google Scholar ]

Observation of nonequilibrium motion and equilibration in polariton rings

S. Mukherjee, D.M. Myers, R. Lena, B. Ozden, J. Beaumariage, Z. Sun, M. Steger, L. Pfeiffer, K. West, A. Daley and D.W. Snoke, Phys. Rev. B 100, 245304 (2019) [Editor's suggestion]

Polariton-enhanced exciton transport

D.M. Myers, S. Mukherjee, J Beaumariage, D.W. Snoke, M. Steger, L.N. Pfeiffer and K. West, Phys. Rev. B 98, 235302 (2018)

Multiple-photon excitation of nitrogen vacancy center in diamond

P. Ji, R Balili, J. Beaumariage, S. Mukherjee, D.W. Snoke and M.V.G. Dutt, Phys. Rev. B 97, 134112 (2018)

The dielectric response to the magnetic field of electromagnetic radiation

S. Mukherjee, S. Mukhopadhyay and P.K. Datta, J. of Optics 19 (4), 045401 (2017)

Dynamic gain aperture modelocking in picosecond regime based on cascaded second-order nonlinearity

S. Mondal, S. Mukherjee, S. P. Singh, S.C. Rand, S. Bhattacharya, A.C. Das and P. K. Datta, Opt. Express 24, 15274-15288 (2016)

Widely tunable intracavity phasematched cascaded second-order interaction for generation of multi-color radiation

S. Mondal, S.P. Singh, S. Mukherjee, S. Mukhopadhyay and P.K. Datta, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics ( Volume: 51 , Issue: 1 , Jan. 2015 )

A comparative study on dual colour soft aperture cascaded second-order modelocking with different nonlinear optical crystals

S. Mondal, S.P. Singh, S. Mukhopadhyay, A. Date, K. Hussain, S. Mukherjee and P.K. Datta, Pramana - J Phys 82, 313–319 (2014)