S. Sunil Kumar
Department of Physics, IISER Tirupati
Phone: +91 877 2500 449Group Webpage
Atomic & Molecular Physics [Laboratory Astrophysics, Laboratory Astrochemistry, and Molecular Biophysics]
- Physics of atomic/molecular ions of astrophysical, biological, and fundamental interest
- Spectroscopy of trapped and cooled atomic/molecular ions
- Experimental/theoretical investigations of quantum collisions involving atoms, molecules, and their ions
- Quantum chemistry of ion-neutral reactions of astrophysical relevance
Educational and Professional Career
Ph.D. (Aug 2005 – Nov 2009): Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
Postdoc (Nov 2009 – Oct 2012): University of Paris South XI, Paris, France
Postdoc (Jan 2012 – Oct 2014): University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
Postdoc (Nov 2014 – May 2017): Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, Germany
Assistant Professor (12 June 2017 ~): Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati, India
Honours and Awards
2009–2010 best thesis award from the Department of Physics at IIT Madras
S. Sunil Kumar, B. Lucas, J. Fayeton, D. Scuderi, I. Alata, M. Broquier, K. Le Barbu-Debus, V. Lepère, and A. Zehnacker, "Photofragmentation mechanisms in protonated chiral cinchona alkaloids", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 22668 (2016).
S. Soorkia, C. Dehon, S. Sunil Kumar, M. Pérot-Taillandier, B. Lucas, C. Jouvet, M. Barat, and J. A. Fayeton, "Ion-Induced dipole interactions and fragmentation times: Cα-Cβ chromophore bond dissociation channel", J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6, 2070 (2015).
D. Hauser, S. Lee, F. Carelli, S. Spieler, O. Lakhmanskaya, E. S. Endres, S. Sunil Kumar, F. Gianturco, and R. Wester, "Rotational state-changing cold collisions of hydroxyl ions with helium", Nat. Phys. 11, 467 (2015).
S. Sunil Kumar, D. Hauser, R. Jindra, T. Best, Š. Roučka, W. D. Geppert, T. J. Millar, and R. Wester, "Photodetachment as a destruction mechanism for CN– and C3N– anions in circumstellar envelopes", ApJ 776, 25 (2013).
S. Sunil Kumar, M. Perot-Taillandier, B. Lucas, S. Soorkia, M. Barat, and J. A. Fayeton, "UV photodissociation dynamics of deprotonated 2′-deoxyadenosine 5′-monophosphate [5′-dAMP-H]–", J. Phys. Chem. A 115, 10383 (2011).
PHY 311: Quantum Mechanics I
PHY 212: Undergradulate Lab (2nd year)