Dr. Shanti Bhattacharya joined the Department of Electrical Engineering in the year 2005. At that time, her group worked mainly in the design, development, and fabrication of novel diffractive optical elements, fiber-based interferometry, and optical MEMS. Her areas of research have now expanded to include complex light generation and diffractive metasurface design and fabrication.


>>   Three scholars from the Applied Optics group presented their paper in the SPIE Photonics West conference held at San Francisco, 2024.  

       “Design and simulation of dielectric metasurface for aberration correction in fiber-scanning microendoscope” – Susan Thomas. Link

       “Optical signal processing in spectral domain OCT using smoothed pseudo Wigner-Ville distribution” – Naveen Kumar. Link

       “Design and fabrication of an electrothermally-actuated 2D scanning micromirror” – Sreeraj Nambiar and Susan Thomas. Link

Prof. Shanti with her students Naveen and Susan at SPIE Photonics West 2024 (San Francisco)

>>   Our paper titled “Generation of Bessel-like beams with reduced sidelobes for enhanced light-sheet microscopy”, published in Optics Continuum,         has been highlighted as an Editor’s Pick. This work is done by PhD student Jerin G. George, in collaboration with Prof. Kishan Dholakia, Univ.         of Adelaide.  Link

>>   Mathu Mathi M, a MS scholar in the Applied Optics group is one of the recipients of the Optica Women Scholars prize for 2023.  Read more

>>   Prof. Shanti Bhattacharya has been selected for the award of The IESA Techno Mentor Award for the year 2022.  

>>   Prof. Shanti Bhattacharya has been awarded the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) POWER (Promoting Opportunities for         Women in Exploratory Research) Fellowship 2022.  

>>   Susan Thomas, a PhD scholar in the Applied Optics group has been awarded the Prime Minister Research Fellowship (PMRF)  Read more

Combined MEMS actuator and grating

We report the design and fabrication process optimisation of an optical MEMS device, addressing the various processing difficulties experienced in the fabrication of silicon-on-insulator (SOI)-based devices

Transform-based phase retrieval techniques

We discuss the three different off-axis Optical Phase Retrieval algorithms, which are the Fourier transform, continous wavelet transform, and Hilbert transform methods

MetaOptics Software

We develop a open-source software using Python to create Metasurface GDSII layouts for a given phase function

DOE Simulator and GDSII Convertor

We developed an open-source software built in Python to perform scalar diffraction simulations and subsequently convert the Phase profiles into GDSII format for lithography

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