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https://laserspectroscopylaboratory.org/ Dr. Prabhakar Misra is currently a Professor of Physics & Director of the Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Howard University in Washington, DC, USA. He earned a Ph.D. in Physics (1986) from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, an M.S. in Physics (1981) from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, and an M.Sc. in Physics (1978) and B.Sc. (Physics Honors) (1975), both from the University of Calcutta, India. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), an honor reserved for only one-half of one percent of the total APS membership. The APS Fellowship citation from the Division of Condensed Matter Physics reads: “For sustained contributions to the spectroscopy of the condensed phases and exemplary mentoring of underrepresented students.” He is also a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) and a Senior Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA). Dr. Misra serves as the Advisor for the Society of Physics Students (SPS) Chapter at Howard University and has advised and mentored 40 undergraduate students, 12 Ph.D. graduate students and 6 postdoctoral research associates, who have been part of his research group. Prof. Misra has edited 3 books and is the author/coauthor of more than 195 research abstracts, conference proceedings and refereed journal publications. He is a visiting scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland (2010-present), and a research affiliate at START, a DHS Center of Excellence at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2014-present).Professor Misra is the editor of the book titled "Applied Spectroscopy and the Science of Nanomaterials" (New York: Springer, 2015) and has also co-edited (along with Mark A. Dubinskii) the well-known book titled "Ultraviolet Spectroscopy and UV Lasers" (Marcel Dekker/CRC Press, 2002). He has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2008 for his commitment to advancing underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines and his leadership in the foundation's Minority Ph.D. Program. In 2004-05, Dr. Misra was selected to be a Fulbright Scholar and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemical Sciences at The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, India. He received the NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program (NAFP) award (1999–2001) (administered by the United States National Research Council, NRC), which enabled him to be involved with the Vegetation Canopy Lidar mission at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (1999–2000) and to serve as a Study Coordinator for the National Academy of Sciences’ sponsored study titled “Commercial Supersonic Technology- The Way Ahead” at the Aeronautics & Space Engineering Board (ASEB) (2000–2001). Dr. Misra participated in the Research Directors Conference that was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in April 2001 and over a period of two decades he has served on several important conference panels (both as a member of the program committee and as sessions chair) relating to spectroscopy and lasers. He has served as an Organizer and Keynote Speaker at the "Soft Matter" mini-symposium, which was part of The International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences (ICCES 09), Phuket, Thailand, April 8–11, 2009. He was an invited keynote speaker at the ICCES 2012 meeting held in Crete, Greece, April 30-May 4, 2012, and an invited speaker at the ICCES 2017 meeting held in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, June 26-30, 2017. Recently, he was a plenary speaker and sessions co-chair at the First North Indian Science Congress held at B.B. Ambedkar University, Lucknow, India, January 10-11, 2018. He has served as a guest referee for numerous refereed journals, which have included the Journal of Geoscience Education, Journal of Chemical Engineering Communications, Journal of Computer Modeling, Journal of Lightwave Technology, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Physica B, and the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer and Applied Optics. Dr. Misra has reviewed research proposals for several organizations, which have included the National Science Foundation (NSF), Agency for International Development (AID) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is (or has been) a member of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), and a Senior Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA). During the period 1992-2007, he served as a Principal Investigator (1992–96) and an Associate Principal Investigator (1997–2007) for the $10-M Center for the Study of Terrestrial & Extraterrestrial Atmospheres (CSTEA), which was a NASA-funded University Research Center (URC) of Excellence. Dr. Misra successfully organized a Nobel Laureate Symposium on November 10, 2010 in which Dr. Douglas Osheroff, 1996 Nobel Laureate in Physics, was the invited speaker. A report of this event was written by the SPS National Organization. Dr. Misra organized a second Nobel Laureate Symposium featuring the 2001 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Dr. Eric A. Cornell, on February 22–23, 2012. Dr. Misra led a Howard University Department of Physics & Astronomy student team in a thrilling and exciting Zero-G Flight Experiment, Low Gravity Gas-Liquid Contactor, at Ellington Field, Houston, TX on November 12–13, 2013. He has been nominated for the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia, USA.Professor Misra has maintained ties with scientists in India, specifically Prof. Sanjay Wategaonkar at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research in Mumbai, Prof. V.K. Jain at Amity University in Noida, and Prof. B.C. Yadav at B.B. Ambedkar University in Lucknow, India. During his Fulbright sabbatical at TIFR, he taught a graduate-level course in Laser Spectroscopy and conducted research in Chemical Physics with Prof. Wategaonkar, which led to a significant publication titled “Zero Kinetic Energy Spectroscopy of Hydroquinone-Water (1:1) Complex: A Probe for Conformer Assignment", S. Chakraborty, P. Misra, and S. Wategaonkar, The Journal of Chemical Physics 127, 124317 (2007). Prof. Misra continues to give invited talks at TIFR whenever he is visiting Mumbai, India. He has delivered invited talks at the ICRTMD meetings at Amity University, Noida, India, and an invited plenary talk in 2018 at the international conference titled "Science & Technology for Sustainable Futures" held at Ambedkar University, Lucknow, India.
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Detailed characterization of a variety of nanomaterials (e.g. graphene, carbon nanotubes and metal oxides) using Raman Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics Simulations.
Text: “Modern Physics,” Kenneth Krane, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey, 3rd Edition, 2012 (ISBN: 978-1-118-06114-5).SUBJECT MATTER Failures of Classical Physics Special Theory of Relativity Particle-like Properties of EM Radiation Wave-like Properties of Particles The Schrodinger Equation Rutherford-Bohr Model & Hydrogen Atom Many-Electron Atoms & Molecular Structure Statistical Physics, Solid State & Nuclear/Particle Physics
Text: “Classical Mechanics,” John R. Taylor, University Science Books, Mill Valley, California, 2005 Edition (ISBN: 978-1-891389-22-1).SUBJECT MATTER Newton’s Laws of Motion Projectiles & Charged Particles Momentum & Angular Momentum Energy & Oscillations Calculus of Variations Lagrange’s Equations Two-Body Central Force Problems
Text: “Classical Mechanics,” John R. Taylor, University Science Books, Mill Valley, California, 2005 Edition (ISBN: 978-1-891389-22-1).SUBJECT MATTER Lagrange’s Equations Two-Body Central Force Problems Mechanics in Noninertial Frames Rotational Motion of Rigid Bodies Coupled Oscillations & Normal Modes
1. Project/Proposal Title: REU Site in Physics at Howard UniversityRole: PISource of Support: NSF PHY-1358727 Total Award Amount: $292,310 Total Award Period Covered: 04/01/14 – 03/31/19 2. NASA Early Opportunities Program for Underrepresented Minorities in Earth & Space SciencesRole: PISource of Support: NASA NNX16AC90ATotal Award Amount: $499,771 Total Award Period Covered: 08/01/16-07/31/19 3. REU Site in Physics at Howard University - RenewalRole: PISource of Support: NSF PHY-1659224 Total Award Amount: $305,000 Total Award Period Covered: 4/15/17 – 03/31/20 4. Project/Proposal Title: Remote Observations of the Lunar Sodium CoronaRole: Co-ISource of Support: NASA NNX17AJ48G Total Award Amount: $67,897 Total Award Period Covered: 05/01/17-04/30/20 5. Project/Proposal Title: DREAM2 Dynamic Response of Environments at Asteroids, the Moon, and Moons of MarsRole: Co-ISource of Support: NASA NNX14AG20A Total Award Amount: $52,000 Total Award Period Covered: 03/25/14-03/24/19
Prof. Misra, Co-Investigator on the “Dynamic Response of the Environments at Asteroids, the Moon, and moons of Mars" (DREAM2) team, received the 2018 Robert H. Goddard team award for excellence in science (PI/Team Lead: Dr. William Farrell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). The citation reads: “For excellence in the application of space environmental science to exploration applications.”
Howard University Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dr. Prabhakar Misra earned an Excellence in Research Productivity Award from the Howard University College of Arts and Sciences for his work with their Natural Science Division.
The citation of the Fellowship Certificate presented by the Division of Condensed Matter Physics reads “For sustained contributions to the spectroscopy of the condensed phases and commitment and exemplary mentoring of underrepresented students.” Election to Fellowship in APS is an honor and distinction, in that it is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership of the American Physical Society.
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the international honor society of science and engineering. One of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world, it was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation.
Prof. Misra was a 2004-05 Fulbright Scholar and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemical Sciences at The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, India.
1999-2000 - Cavity ringdown spectroscopy measurements for determining water vapor concentrations at sub-parts-per-million level, NASA/GSFC2000-2001 - "Commercial Supersonic Technology: The Way Ahead", D.S. Wiley, Chair, Committee on Breakthrough Technology for Commercial Supersonic Aircraft, and National Research Council Staff, P. Misra, Study Coordinator, The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., 2002 (ISBN: 0-309-08277-3).