Milind N. Kunchur, Professor of Physics
News and miscellaneous
Governor's Professor of the Year for the State of South Carolina (state’s highest honor for academia)
Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year (the university’s most prestigious award)
Fellow of the American Physical Society (supporting paragraph for citation)
Advisory Board Member of Physica C journal (Physica C)
USC Nominee for CASE and Carnegie Foundation U.S. Professor of the Year
National Science Foundation Panel
Strategic Research Panel for the U.S. Department of Energy
High-Resolution Audio panel for the Audio Engineering Society Convention in London, U.K.
Recent Invited Talks
"Collaborative Conference on Materials Research", Incheon-Seoul, South Korea
" International Conference on Superconductivity for Energy", Paestum, Italy
"NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Nanotechnology" in Yalta, Ukraine
"The 57th Annual Department of Atomic Energy – Solid State Physics Symposium" in Mumbai, India
"The 128th Audio Engineering Society Convention" in London, U.K.
" International Conference on Nanoscience and Engineering in Superconductivity", Tsukuba, Japan.
Superconductivity and nano-structured
Our group investigates phenomena in superconducting nanowires and thin films, as well as other condensed-matter systems, at ultra-short time scales and under extreme conditions of current density, electric field and dissipation levels. This has led to the discovery of several new regimes and effects --such as the flux-creep memory effect, hot-electron vortex instability, flux-flow “Gunn” effect, and quenched vortex motion -- and has confirmed predicted regimes such as free flux flow and ballistic supercurrent acceleration.
More information and representative papers related to our condensed-matter/nanoscience effort. Laboratory facilities
auditory neurophysiology, and high-fidelity audio
My other interest lies at the intersection of psychophysics, human hearing, and high-end audio. Here we measure the limits of human hearing and relate them to the neurophysiology of the auditory system. These experiments also help to define the criteria for perfect fidelity in a sound-reproduction system. Our recent behavioral studies on human subjects proved that humans can discern timing alterations on a 5 microsecond time scale, indicating that that digital sampling rates used in common consumer audio (such as CD) are insufficient for fully preserving transparency.
More information and representative publications related to our psychoacoustics effort
Graduate seminars: Physics 730
Musical Acoustics: Physics 155 --> audio-wave-files-of-demos
Essentials of Physics I: Physics 211
General Physics I: Physics 201
Essentials of Physics II: Physics 212
Thin Films: Physics 750A General Physics II: Physics 202
Solid State Physics: Physics 512 Classic Experiments in Physics: Physics 309
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