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Prof. R. Bhandari

Prof. Rajendra Bhandari  (7 June 1948) was associated with the Astronomy and Astrophysics group of Raman Research Institute. He retired as Professor from the Raman Research Institute.

Early Years and Education

Prof. Bhandari  was born at Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He was born to Sri. S.K. R. Bhandari and Smt.  H.K.Bhandari. He started his education at Birla public school, Pilani. He obtained BSc  and MSc from Banaras Hindu University in 1967 in 1969 respectively. He acquired Doctorate degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1972.  He has also acquired Diplomas in German language and Russian language.


Prof. Bhandari started his career as Post Doctoral Fellow during 1972 to 1975 at University of California and Raman Research Institute, Bangalore.  He became professor in the year 1993.  He retired from RRI in 2010.

Scientific Work

Prof. Bhandari started his career at the Raman Research Institute with work on foundational problems like quantum measurement.  He was involved in constructing a 10.4 meter mm-wave antenna for radio astronomy at the Institute, which further led to Hewlett Packard laser interferometer designed for metrology applications.  This was modified to measure the topological phase changes resulting from polarization transformation. With the help of interferometer , he demonstrated several counter-intuitive effects like linearly increasing  topological phase shifts as a function of 2n\pi rotation of an optical element, 4\pi spinor symmetry, sharp, discontinuous phase shifts near similarities.



Born 7th June 1948
Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Field: Astronomy and Astrophysics


University of California
Raman Research Institute, Bangalore

Alma mater Banaras Hindu University

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