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Ph.D. – Physics | Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics - Netherlands

Dr. Nitin Upadhyaya
Ph.D. in Physics from Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics in Leiden, Netherlands; Master’s in Applied Mathematics from University of Waterloo, Canada; Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Delhi
Assistant Professor - Mathematics

Dr. Nitin completed his Ph.D. from the Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics in Leiden, Netherlands. He is currently interested in exploring simple yet novel mechanical states of matter, sometimes referred to as mechanical Metamaterials and mathematically describing the dynamics around such states. In general, Metamaterials are materials designed by arranging other more commonly available materials in such interesting ways that new properties (electromagnetic or mechanical), not often found in nature, could emerge. Some examples of such materials that researchers have designed over the years include materials which have a zero speed of sound, materials with a negative optical refractive index and materials which when stretched, expand in the lateral direction.

  1. Topological mechanisms: nuts and bolts of supersymmetric field theory, V. Vitelli, N. Upadhyaya, R. Kamien and B.G. Chen. (In preparation)
  2. Kink-antikink asymmetry and impurity interactions in topological mechanical chains, Y. Zhou, B.G. Chen, N. Upadhyaya and V. Vitelli, arXiv:1608.02127 [cond-mat.soft] (2016).