PEOPLE Faculty
International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru
Area of Research:  Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics
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  manaskulkarni  ictsresin

Academic Profile:

- Assistant Professor of Physics (Tenure-Track), City University of New York, USA, 2014-2016

- Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Princeton University, NJ, USA, 2012-2014

- Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, CANADA, 2011-2012

- Ph.D in Physics: State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA (co-advisor at Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA) , 2011

- Masters in Physics: State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA, 2007

- Bachelors Honors in Physics: St. Stephens College, University of Delhi, India, 2005

Prospective Project/Summer studentsPlease apply for ICTS positions here : Summer Students, Project students

Research Interests:

My current research interests include:
Open Quantum Systems / Non-Hermitian Systems
 Development of theoretical and computational techniques   Hybrid cavity-QED and circuit-QED systems   Hamiltonian and Bath Engineering   Localization, Chaos, Quantum State Transfer   Quantum Devices and applications   Connections to non-Hermitian Random Matrix Theory  ♦ Transport and correlations  
Low dimensional systems 
Quasi-periodic and disordered systems   Nonlinear Hydrodynamics   Dynamical Critical Phenomenon   Connections to Random Matrix Theory   Many Body Localization  ♦ Spatio-temporal spread of perturbations   Large-N field theory of low dimensional systems   Fluctuations, Correlations and Large Deviations in interacting many particle systems   Cold Atomic Systems

Integrable systems, field theory and mathematical physics
  Discrete and continuum integrable systems   Solitons, Dualities   Generalised Hydrodynamics   Stochastic and Deterministic PDE’s   Reduction of complex dynamics to chiral field theories
Group Members:

1. Debarshee Bagchi, Postdoctoral Fellow
2. Dipankar Roy, Postdoctoral Fellow
3. Soumi Ghosh, Postdoctoral Fellow
4. Hari Kumar Yadalam, CEFIPRA Postdoctoral Fellow [ICTS, Bangalore and École Normale Supérieure, Paris]
5. Jitendra Kethepalli, Graduate Student [jointly with Anupam Kundu]
6. Saikat Santra, Graduate Student [jointly with Anupam Kundu]
7. Mahaveer Prasad, Graduate Student

Ex members [next affiliation]:
1. Manoj Kumar, Postdoctoral Fellow [Newton International Fellow, Coventry University, U.K.]
2. Jincheng Lu, Project Student [Graduate student, Soochow University, China]
3. Swetlana Swarup, Project Student [Graduate student, University of Minnesota, USA]
4. Sanaa Agarwal, Masters Student [Graduate student, University of Colorado, USA]
5. Sayantan Roy, Masters Student [Graduate student, Ohio State University, USA]
6. Aritra Kumar Gon, Project Student [Graduate Student, TIFR Mumbai, India]
7. Abhinav Sundar, IASc. Summer Fellow [Texas Instruments]
8. Anant Rastogi, Project Student [Graduate student, University of Minnesota, USA]
9. Archak Purkayashta, Graduate Student Co-advisor [Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellow, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland] 
10. Aman Agarwal, Masters Student [Graduate Student, Perimeter Institute and the University of Guelph, Canada]
11. Amit Dey, Postdoctoral Fellow [Assistant Professor, Ramananda College, Bankura University, India]
12. Avanish Kumar, Long Term Visitor [Postdoctoral Fellow, Weizmann Institute, Israel]
13. Devashish Tupkary, Project Student [Graduate Student, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Canada]
14. Raghavendra Nimiwal, Masters Student [Graduate Student, Columbia University, USA]
15. Abhishodh Prakash, ICTS-Simons Postdoctoral Fellow [Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford, U.K]
16. Urbashi Satpathi, Postdoctoral Fellow [Postdoctoral Fellow, Ben Gurion University, Israel]
17. Amit Kumar Chatterjee, Postdoctoral Fellow [Postdoctoral Fellow, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Japan]


  1. M. Prasad, H. K. Yadalam, C. Aron, M. Kulkarni, arXiv:2112.05765 (2021), "Dissipative quantum dynamics, phase transitions and non-Hermitian random matrices", [10 December, 2021]

  2. J. Kethepalli, M. Kulkarni, A. Kundu, S. N. Majumdar, D. Mukamel, G. Schehr, arXiv:2112.00700 (2021), "Edge fluctuations and third-order phase transition in harmonically confined long-range systems", [1 December 2021]

  3. S. Santra, J. Kethepalli, S. Agarwal, A. Dhar, M. Kulkarni, A. Kundu, arXiv:2109.15026 (2021), "Gap statistics for confined particles with power-law interactions", [30 September 2021]

  4. V. B. Bulchandani, M. Kulkarni, J. E. Moore, X. Cao, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 54, 474001 (2021), "Kinetic theory of Calogero particles", [01 November 2021] 
  5. J. Kethepalli, M. Kulkarni, A. Kundu, S. N. Majumdar, D. Mukamel, G. Schehr, J. Stat. Mech, 2021, 103209 (2021), "Harmonically confined long-ranged  interacting gas in the presence of a hard wall", [22 October 2021] 
  6. A. K. Chatterjee, M. Kulkarni, A. Kundu, Phys. Rev. E 104, 044136 (2021), "Dynamical regimes of finite temperature discrete nonlinear Schrödinger chain", [28 October 2021] 
  7. D. Tupkary, A. Dhar, M. Kulkarni, A. Purkayastha, arXiv:2105.12091 (2021), "Fundamental pathologies in Lindblad descriptions of systems weakly coupled to baths",  [25 May 2021] 
  8. R. Nimiwal, U. Satpathi, V. Vasan, M. Kulkarni, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 54, 425701 (2021), "Soliton-like behaviour in non-integrable systems", [27 September 2021] 
  9. B. Kiran, D. A. Huse, M. Kulkarni, Phys. Rev. E 104, 044117 (2021), "Spatio-temporal spread of perturbations in power-law models at low temperatures: Exact results for OTOC", [18 October 2021] 
  10. S. Roy, S. Mukerjee, M. Kulkarni, Phys. Rev. B 103, 184203 (2021), "Imbalance for a family of one-dimensional incommensurate models with mobility edges",  [10 May 2021] 
  11. M. Kulkarni, S. N. Majumdar, G. Schehr, Phys. Rev. A 103, 033321 (2021), "Multilayered density profile for noninteracting fermions in a rotating two-dimensional trap", [22 March 2021] 
  12. A. Prakash, J. H. Pixley, M. Kulkarni, Phys. Rev. Research 3, L012019, Letters (2021), Editors' Suggestion, "The universal spectral form factor for many-body localization", [22 February 2021] 
  13. C. Aron, M. Kulkarni, Phys. Rev. Research 2, 043390 (2020), "Non-Analytic Non-Equilibrium Field Theory: Stochastic Reheating of the Ising Model", [18 December 2020] 
  14. A. Dey, M. Kulkarni, Phys. Rev. Research 2, 042004, Rapid Communications (2020), "Emergence of chaos and controlled photon transfer in a cavity-QED network", [09 October 2020] 
  15. A. Purkayastha, M. Kulkarni, Y. N. Joglekar, Phys. Rev. Research 2, 043075 (2020), "Emergent PT symmetry in a double-quantum-dot circuit QED set-up", [14 October 2020] 
  16. A. K. Chatterjee, A. Kundu, M. Kulkarni, Phys. Rev. E 102, 052103 (2020), Editors' Suggestion, "Spatio-temporal spread of perturbations in a driven dissipative Duffing chain: an OTOC approach", [02 November 2020] 
  17. A. Dey, M. Kulkarni, Phys. Rev. A 101, 043801 (2020), "Engineering indefinitely long-lived localization in cavity-QED arrays", [01 April 2020] 
  18. S. Swarup, V. Vasan, M. Kulkarni, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 53, 135206 (2020), "Provable bounds for the Korteweg-de Vries reduction in multi-component Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation", [12 March 2020]
  19. J. P. Deka, A. K. Sarma, A. Govindarajan, M. Kulkarni, Nonlinear Dynamics, 100 (2), 1629--1640 (2020), "Multifaceted nonlinear dynamics in PT-symmetric coupled Liénard oscillators", [10 April 2020] 
  20. A. Kumar, M. Kulkarni, A. Kundu, Phys. Rev. E 102, 032128 (2020), "Particles confined in arbitrary potentials with a class of finite-ranged interactions", [17 September 2020] 
  21. M. Kumar, A. Kundu, M. Kulkarni, D. A. Huse, A. Dhar, Phys. Rev. E 102, 022130 (2020), "Transport, correlations, and chaos in a classical disordered anharmonic chain", [20 August 2020] 
  22. S. Agarwal, A. Dhar, M. Kulkarni, A. Kundu, S. N. Majumdar, D. Mukamel, G. Schehr, Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 100603 (2019), Editors' Suggestion, "Harmonically confined particles with long-range repulsive interactions", [06 September 2019] 
  23. A. Das, M. Kulkarni, H. Spohn, A. Dhar, Phys. Rev. E 100, 042116 (2019), "Kardar-Parisi-Zhang scaling for an integrable lattice Landau-Lifshitz spin chain", [15 October 2019] 
  24. A. K. Gon, M. Kulkarni,  J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 52, 415201 (2019), "Duality in a hyperbolic interaction model integrable even in a strong confinement: Multi-soliton solutions and field theory", [16 September 2019] 
  25. S. Agarwal, M. Kulkarni, A. Dhar, J. Stat Phys, 176, 6, 1463 (2019),  "Some connections between the Classical Calogero-Moser model and the Log Gas", [19 July 2019] 
  26. B. K. Agarwalla, M. Kulkarni, D. Segal, Phys. Rev. B 100, 035412 (2019), "Photon statistics of a double quantum dot micromaser: Quantum treatment", [10 July 2019] 
  27. A. Das, K. Damle, A. Dhar, D. A. Huse, M. Kulkarni, C. B. Mendl, H. Spohn, J Stat Phys, 180(1), 238-262 (2019), "Nonlinear Fluctuating Hydrodynamics for the Classical XXZ Spin Chain", [22 October 2019] 
  28. J. Lu, R. Wang, J.Ren, M. Kulkarni, J-H. Jiang, Phys. Rev. B 99, 035129 (2019), "Quantum Dot circuit-QED thermoelectric diodes and transistors", [15 January 2019] 
  29. M. Kulkarni, G. Mandal, T. Morita, Phys. Rev. A 98, 043610 (2018), "Quantum quench and thermalization of one-dimensional Fermi gas via phase space hydrodynamics", [8 October 2018] 
  30. R. Härtle, C. Schinabeck, M. Kulkarni, D. Gelbwaser-Klimovsky, M. Thoss, U. Peskin, Phys. Rev. B 98, 081404 (2018), "Cooling by heating in nonequilibrium nanosystems", [10 August 2018] 
  31. A. Purkayastha,  S. Sanyal, A. Dhar, M. Kulkarni,  Phys. Rev. B 97, 174206 (2018), Editors' Suggestion, “Anomalous transport in the Aubry-André-Harper model in isolated and open systems”, [24 May 2018] 
  32. M. Kulkarni, S. M. Hein, E. Kapit, C. Aron, Phys. Rev. B 97, 064506 (2018), "Permanent spin currents in cavity-qubit systems", [12 February 2018]
  33. A. Purkayastha, A. Dhar, M. Kulkarni,  Phys. Rev. B, 96, 180204, Rapid Communications, (2017), “Non-equilibrium phase diagram of a 1D quasiperiodic system with a single-particle mobility edge”, [27 November 2017] 
  34. M. Kulkarni, A. P. Polychronakos, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 50 455202 (2017), "Emergence of Calogero family of models in external potentials: Duality, Solitons and Hydrodynamics", [10 October 2017] 
  35. A. Purkayastha, A. Dhar, M. Kulkarni,  Phys. Rev. A 94, 052134, (2016), “Non-linear transport in an out-of-equilibrium single-site Bose Hubbard model: scaling, rectification and time dynamics”, [28 November 2016] 
  36. B. K. Agarwalla, M. Kulkarni, S. Mukamel, D. Segal, Phys. Rev. B 94, 121305(R) (2016) , “Giant photon gain in large-scale quantum dot circuit-QED systems", [30 September 2016] 
  37. B. K. Agarwalla, M. Kulkarni, S. Mukamel, D. Segal, Phys. Rev. B 94, 035434 (2016)  “Tunable photonic cavity coupled to a voltage-biased double quantum dot system: Diagrammatic NEGF approach”, [21 July 2016] 
  38. F. Franchini, M. Kulkarni, A. Trombettoni, New J. Phys. 18, 115003, (2016), “Hydrodynamics of local excitations after an interaction quench in 1D cold atomic gases”, [24 November 2016] 
  39. C. Aron, M.Kulkarni and H. E. Tureci , Phys. Rev. X 6, 011032 (2016), “Photon-mediated interactions: a scalable tool to create and sustain entangled many-body states”, [23 March 2016] 
  40. A. Purkayastha, A. Dhar, M. Kulkarni, Phys. Rev. A 93, 062114, (2016), “Exact Redfield description for open non-interacting quantum systems and failure of the Lindblad approach”, [13 June 2016] 
  41. M. E. Schwartz, L. Martin, E. Flurin, C. Aron, M. Kulkarni, H. E. Tureci, I. Siddiqi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 240503 (2016), “Stabilizing entanglement via symmetry-selective bath engineering in superconducting qubits”, [16 June 2016] 
  42. JH. Jiang, M. Kulkarni, D. Segal, Y. Imry, Phys. Rev. B 92, 045309 (2015), “Phonon-thermoelectric transistors and rectifiers”, [29 July 2015] 
  43. R. Hartle, M. Kulkarni, Phys. Rev. B 91, 245429 (2015), “Effect of broadening in the weak coupling limit of vibrationally coupled electron transport through molecular junctions and the analogy to quantum dot circuit QED systems”, [22 June 2015] 
  44. M. Kulkarni, D. A. Huse, H. Spohn, Phys. Rev. A 92, 043612 (2015), “Fluctuating hydrodynamics for a discrete Gross-Pitaevskii equation: mapping to Kardar-Parisi-Zhang universality class”, [16 October 2015] 
  45. F. Franchini, A. Gromov, M. Kulkarni, A. Trombettoni, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 48 (2015) 28FT01 (Fast Track Communication) “Universal dynamics of a soliton after an interaction quench”, [24 June 2015] 
  46. C. Aron, M.Kulkarni and H. E. Tureci , Phys. Rev. A 90, 062305 (2014) “Steady-state entanglement of spatially separated qubits via quantum bath engineering”, [1 December 2014] 
  47. M.Kulkarni, O. Cotlet and H. E. Tureci, Phys. Rev. B, 90, 125402 (2014) “Cavity-coupled double-quantum dot at finite bias: analogy with lasers and beyond”, [3 September 2014] 
  48. M.Kulkarni, B. Oztop and H. E. Tureci, Phys. Rev. Lett, 111, 220408 (2013) “Cavity-mediated near-critical dissipative dynamics of a driven condensate”, [27 November 2013]
  49. M. Kulkarni, K. L. Tiwari and D. Segal, New Journal of Physics, 15, 013014 (2013)”Full density matrix dynamics for large quantum systems: interactions, decoherence and inelastic effects”, [9 January 2013] 
  50. M. Kulkarni and A. Lamacraft, Phys. Rev. A 88, 021603, Rapid Communications (2013) “Finite-temperature dynamical structure factor of the one-dimensional Bose gas: From the Gross-Pitaevskii equation to the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang universality class of dynamical critical phenomena”, [8 August 2013] 
  51. M. Kulkarni, K. L. Tiwari and D. Segal, Phys. Rev. B 86, 155424 (2012) “Towards equilibration and thermalization between finite quantum systems: Unitary emulation of dephasing effects and inelastic interactions”, [12 October 2012] 
  52. M. Kulkarni and A. G. Abanov, Phys. Rev. A, 86, 033614 (2012) “Hydrodynamics of cold atomic gases in the limit of weak nonlinearity, dispersion, and dissipation”, [13 September 2012] 
  53. M. Kulkarni and R. M. Konik, arXiv:1109.5731 (2011), “The Fermi liquid nature of the ground state of double quantum dots in parallel from a 1/N expansion”, [26 September 2011] 
  54. A. G. Abanov, A. Gromov, M. Kulkarni, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 44 ,295203 (2011) “Soliton solutions of Calogero model in harmonic potential”, [17 June 2011] 
  55. S. Ganeshan, M. Kulkarni and A. C. Durst, Phys. Rev. B 84, 064503 (2011) “Quasiparticle scattering from vortices in d-wave superconductors. II. Berry phase contribution”, [9 August 2011] 
  56. J. Joseph, J. E. Thomas, M. Kulkarni, A. G. Abanov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 150401 (2011) “Observation of shock waves in a strongly interacting Fermi gas”, [11 April 2011] 
  57. M. Kulkarni and A. G. Abanov, Nucl. Phys. B, 846, 122 (2011) “Cold Fermi gas with inverse square interaction in a harmonic trap”, [1 May 2011] 
  58. M. Kulkarni and R. M. Konik, Phys. Rev. B 83, 245121 (2011) “The RKKY Interaction and the Nature of the Ground State of Double Quantum Dots in Parallel”, [23 June 2011] 
  59. M. Kulkarni, S. Ganeshan and A. C. Durst, Phys. Rev. B 84, 064502 (2011) “Quasiparticle scattering from vortices in d-wave superconductors I: Superflow contribution”, [9 August 2011] 
  60. F. Franchini and M. Kulkarni, Nucl. Phys. B, 825, 320 (2010) “Emptiness and Depletion Formation Probability in spin models with inverse square interaction”, [1 February 2010] 
  61. M. Kulkarni. F. Franchini and A. G. Abanov, Phys. Rev. B 80, 165105 (2009) “Nonlinear dynamics of spin and charge in spin-Calogero model”, [2 October 2009] 
  62. M. Kulkarni, N. Seshadri, V. S. C. Manga Rao, S. Dutta Gupta, Journal of Modern Optics, 10, Volume 51 No. 4, 549-557 “Control of superluminal transit through a heterogeneous medium”, [03 Jul 2009]


Selected Awards/Credentials:
- VAJRA Grant with Herbert Spohn (Technical University Munich) and Abhishek Dhar (ICTS-TIFR, Bangalore), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
Rutgers Global International Collaborative Research Grant with Prof. Jedediah Pixley, Rutgers University, USA. 
- SERB MATRICS Grant, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
- Selected as Prajawani Young Achiever (leading Kannada daily) for 2020, in the field of science.
- SERB Early Career Research Award (ECRA), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
- CEFIPRA Grant, Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research jointly with Prof. Camille Aron, École Normale Supérieure (ENS, Paris)
- Selected as an associate member of the Indian Academy of Sciences
- Ramanujan Fellowship, SERB, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
- City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) Research Grant