Venugopal Rao Soma

University of Hyderabad, India


S. Venugopal Rao has more than 18 years of research experience in the field of experimental NLO and photonics. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Hyderabad, India. His thesis, supervised by Professor D. Narayana Rao, dealt with incoherent laser spectroscopy for the measurement of ultrafast relaxation times and third-order nonlinearities using an ns laser. He had spent close to three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh (now at ICFO, Barcelona, Spain) at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK working in the area of semiconductor nonlinear optics investigating semiconductor heterostructures for nonlinear frequency conversion using different phase-matching schemes with femtosecond pulses. From July 2003 until December 2004, he was associated with CIBA group headed by Professor Frank Watt as a Research Fellow in the Physics Department at National University of Singapore. His research interests at NUS involved p-beam writing and applications in polymer photonics. From December 2004 to May 2007, he was associated with the Physics Department of IIT Guwahati as an Assistant Professor focusing on development of an NLO and photonics laboratory and was actively involved in teaching graduate and undergraduate students. Since June 2007, he has been associated with Advanced Centre of Research on High Energy Materials (ACRHEM), University of Hyderabad, working towards understanding the interaction of ns, ps, fs pulses with high energy materials using time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. Over 18 years of research experience has resulted in >205 well-cited publications in refereed international journals (more than 105) and conference proceedings (more than 100). He has more than 150 presentations in various conferences at the national and international level. His papers have totaled more than 1130 citations as of April 2012. His papers have an h-index of 21, recorded in Scopus.

Biography Updated on 24 June 2013

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