Amol Karandikar
Research Scientist

Research Scientist Amol Karandikar

Research Interests

High pressure; materials; matter at extreme states

Academics

B.Sc., Physics, D. G. Ruparel College, University of Mumbai, 1997; M.Sc., Physics, University of Pune; 2000; Ph.D., Johannes Wolfgang Goethe University, 2016

Contact & Links

  • (202) 478-8993
  • akaran@carnegiescience.edu
  • Earth and Planets Laboratory
    Carnegie Institution for Science
    5241 Broad Branch Road, NW
    Washington, DC 20015-1305
  • Curriculum Vitae

Overview

Amol Karandikar investigates melting of materials at high pressure, mainly using laser-heated diamond anvil cells. With the aid of the Focused Ion Beam (FIB) milling technique, he analyzes topography and chemical composition of the recovered samples using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), respectively. He has developed a novel 'Flash-heating technique' to accurately measure melting temperatures of metals in diamond cells, that circumvents previous difficulties in such measurements using Continuous Wave (CW) lasers. He is interested in developing techniques to measure thermophysical properties like thermal conductivity, thermal adiabats of materials at high pressure-temperature conditions, crucial in understanding the Earth's interior. He is also looking forward to high-pressure synthesis of thermoelectric materials with enhanced efficiency.