Milind N. Kunchur, Professor of Physics
USC Nominee and State Finalist for Governor's Professor of the Year
Advisory Board Member of Physica C journal (Physica C)
USC Nominee for Carnegie Foundation U.S. Professor of the Year
High-Resolution Audio panel for the Audio Engineering Society Convention in London, U.K.
Invited conference speaker at: the "NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Nanotechnology" in Yalta, Ukraine; "The 57th Annual Department of Atomic Energy – Solid State Physics Symposium" in Mumbai, and "The 128th Audio Engineering Society Convention" in London, U.K.
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
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Films: Physics 750A
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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Films: Physics 750A