Milind N. Kunchur, Professor of Physics
Governor's Distinguished Professor
Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor
Office on Columbia campus: PSC Bldg. room 303

Mailing address:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of South Carolina
712 Main St., PSC 404, Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803 777 1907, FAX: 803 777 3065
Email: kunchur"at"   (replace "at" with @)
Internet homepage:
Resume       Teaching-evaluation summary

News and miscellaneous
CASE and Carnegie Foundation 'U.S. Professors of the Year' Award (South Carolina winner)
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)
Russell Award for Research in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering
George Pegram Medal for Excellence in Physics Education in the Southeast U.S. 

Advisory Board Member of Physica C Journal (Physica C)
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 at International Conferences:
"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.

Research activities

Superconductivity and nano-structured materials
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

Psychophysics, 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

Teaching activities

Recent class climate evaluation

Course syllabi
Seminar training courses: Physics 441 (for undergrads) and Physics 730 (for grads) (has guidelines for giving talks)
Musical Acoustics: Physics 155   -->   audio-and-video-wave-files-of-demos
Essentials of Physics I: Physics 211
General Physics I: Physics 201
Essentials of Physics II: Physics 212                 Principles of Physics II: Physics 207
Thin Films: Physics 750A                                General Physics II: Physics 202
Solid State Physics: Physics 512                      Classic Experiments in Physics: Physics 309


Selected papers

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