Amol Karandikar
Research Scientist

Research Scientist Amol Karandikar

Research Interests

High pressure; materials; matter at extreme states


B.Sc., Physics, University of Mumbai, 1997; M.Sc., Physics, University of Pune; 2000; Ph.D., Natural Sciences, Johannes Wolfgang Goethe University, 2016

Contact & Links

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


Amol Karandikar primarily investigates the melting of materials at high pressure, using laser-heated Diamond Anvil Cells (DAC). He has developed a novel 'Flash-heating technique' to accurately measure melting temperatures of metals in diamond cells, that circumvents previous commonplace difficulties in such measurements using Continuous Wave (CW) lasers. He is currently setting up user-friendly laboratories for double-sided laser heating and for Raman spectroscopy in the DAC to study materials at extreme pressures and temperatures. He will be setting up a Laser-Levitation laboratory to synthesize glassy materials of geophysical significance. 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.