Shanti Bhattacharya


Ph.D  in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1997.

M.Sc Physics  from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

B.Sc Physics  from WCC, Madras in 1990

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  • Shanti Bhattacharya obtained her Ph.D in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1997. Her Ph.D work was in the area of Optical Array Illuminators. She was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt award in 1998 and worked at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Her research work there included development of an optical pick-up for CD/DVD systems and design of diffractive optical elements for beam shaping of high-power laser beams. She subsequently joined the MEMS division of Analog Devices, Cambridge, USA, where she worked on the design of an optical MEMS switch. She joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras in 2005 and is currently a Professor. She has served on the board of OSA (now known as Optica) and is currently an Associate Editor of Optical Engineering and the Journal of Optical Microsystems, as well as being a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Optics (India). Her present research interests are complex light generation using meta and diffractive optics, optical MEMS, and system design for various imaging techniques.
  • While she loves her work with light, she also loves her breaks, which more often than not involve escaping to the Himalayas for a while.

  • Complex light generation using meta and diffractive optics.
  • Optical MEMS.
  • System design for various imaging techniques.

  • Technomentor Award by the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) 2021 - 2022
  • SERB POWER fellowship given to recognise and reward outstanding women researchers and innovators working in Indian academic institutions and R & D labs. The award is dated 9th February 2022 and is valid for three years.
  • Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany for the period October 1998-July 2000 to carry out post-doctoral research in the area of applied optics at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.

    Previous Courses

  • EE1101 Signal and Systems
  • EE1100 Basic Electrical Engineering
  • EE2025 Engineering Electromagnetics
  • EE5502 Optical Engineering

  • Six Myopic Engineers and the ?? System by Shanti Bhattacharya in “Field Guide to Optics Education: A Tribute to John Greivenkamp,” Editor(s): J. Scott Tyo; Eric Pepper, SPIE, 2022.


  • George, J.G., Dholakia, K., Bhattacharya, S., Generation of Bessel-like beams with reduced sidelobes for enhanced light-sheet microscopy (2023) OSA Continuum, 2 (7), pp. 1649-1660. DOI: 10.1364/OPTCON.493003
  • Lathika, S.J., Anand, V., Bhattacharya, S., A compact single channel interferometer to study vortex beam propagation through scattering layers (2020) Scientific Reports, 10 (1), art. no. 296. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-56795-z
  • Dharmavarapu, R., Ng, S.H., Eftekhari, F., Juodkazis, S., Bhattacharya, S., Metaoptics: Opensource software for designing metasurface optical element GDSII layouts (2020) Optics Express, 28 (3), pp. 3505-3516. DOI: 10.1364/OE.384057

Conference Proceedings

  • Thomas, S., Bhattacharya, S., Optical design and simulation of two photon fluorescence imaging microendoscope with aberration correction (2023) Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE, 12356. DOI: 10.1117/12.2649264
  • Bagath Chandraprasad, T., Vayalamkuzhi, P., Bhattacharya, S., Study on pre-filtering requirements of Hilbert transform method for optical phase retrieval (2023) Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE, 12389, DOI: 10.1117/12.2649905
  • George, J.G., Guruvaiah, Y., Bhattacharya, S., Sidelobe-Suppressed Bessel Beam using Hologram (2022) Optics InfoBase Conference Papers. DOI: 10.1364/CLEOPR.2022.P_CTu8_24

Books Authored

  • Shanti Bhattacharya and Anand Vijayakumar, “Design and Fabrication of Diffractive Optical Elements with MATLAB,” SPIE Press book, January 2017

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