Amol Karandikar
Research Scientist
(202) 478-8993

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.