©2020 by Rik Bhattacharyya, Texas A&M University, USA.

Curriculum Vitae

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Throughout my education and career, I’ve worked on several research projects and have been fortunate to be involved with these works. Check out my complete resume below, and contact me with your questions or if you’d like more detailed information.


Ph.D. in Physics (2019 - Present) : Texas A&M University (TAMU), College Station, Texas, USA

M.Sc in Physics (2016 -2019) : Enrolled in Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D, National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

B.Sc in Physics (2013-2016) : Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur (Affiliated to University of Calcutta), Kolkata, India

Research Experience

I was working in the SuperCDMS collaboration which is a dedicated direct dark matter search experiment during my Masters under the supervisions of Prof. Bedangadas Mohanty at NISER. After that, I joined TAMU for my doctorate studies under Prof. Dave Toback. Toback's group is mainly focussed on Trigger/DAQ, Analysis and Detector Monte Carlo for SuperCDMS experiment. The group webpage is here.


1. During my Masters at NISER, India, I was involved in the Study of Si-32 background for CDMS II, SuperCDMS Collaboration under the supervision of Prof. Bedangadas Mohanty. Also, I've studied the Neutron detector simulation for dark matter search experiments and published my Masters' thesis named "Study of Si-32 background for CDMS II and neutron detector for dark matter search experiments".

2. I've worked on "Modification of Poisson's equation and its application: modified Chandrasekhar limit" under Prof. Banibrata Mukhopadhyay at IISc, Bangalore, India.

3. I had studied "Characterization and testing of Multi-Wire Proportional Chamber ( MWPC )" under the guidance of Dr. Tilak Kumar Ghosh at VECC, Kolkata, India.



  • Constraints on dark photons and axion-like particles from SuperCDMS Soudan [arXiv:1911.11905]


  • Neutron detection using liquid scintillator and study of polyethene and borated polyethene for neutron shielding, Proceedings, DAE Intl. Symp. on Nucl. Phys., Vol 63 [click here].

Confererence Talks, Posters

  • Dec.10-14, 2018: Oral presentation in  XXIII DAE-BRNS High Energy Physics Symposium, IIT Madras, India.

  • Dec.10-14, 2018: Poster in DAE International Symposium on Nuclear Physics, BARC, Mumbai, India.

Conferences / Workshops Attend

  • Jan 10-12, 2020: SuperCDMS Collaboration Meeting, Texas A&M University (TAMU), College Station, USA.

  • Jan. 7-27, 2019: XII SERB School on Experimental High Energy Physics, TIFR, Mumbai, India.

  • June 18-19, 2018: Symposium on Heavy-Ion Physics at FAIR, RHIC and LHC Facilities, NISER, Bhubaneswar, India.

  • Dec. 18-23, 2017: GIAN course on Dark Matter: the astroparticle perspective, JNU, New Delhi, India.

Teaching Experience

So far, I've taught the following courses as a Teaching Assistant (TA) :

Spring, 2020: Newtonian Mechanics for Engineers and Scientists, TAMU, USA.

Fall, 2019: Newtonian Mechanics for Engineers and Scientists, TAMU, USA.

Computation Skills

Programming language:

  •    Python  |  C++ | FORTRAN 95


  •    ROOT (C++ based) | PyROOT (C++ and Python integrated) | Jupyter | GEANT4 (Simulation toolkit) | LaTeX | Origin | MATLAB | MATHEMATICA

OS :

  •     Linux |  Windows | Mac OS X


  • UGC-CSIR National Eligibility Test (NET) qualified - June 2017.

  • All India Rank 24 in Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) - 2016.

  • Top 1% in National Graduate Physics Examination (NGPE) - 2016.

  • Recipient of  INSPIRE scholarships, funded by DST, Govt. of India, for 3 consecutive years during B.Sc. (2013-16).