Multifunctional Materials and Associated Physics- My doctoral research work involved growing single crystals of multifunctional materials and studying associated physics. It mainly dealt with magnetoelectric multiferroics with special interest in spiral magnets, glass-like magnetic phase transitions in colossal magnetoresistive manganites and investigation of magnetocaloric effect across various magnetic phase transitions.
Spin Caloritronics- My present research activities are broadly focused on spin transport in magnetic materials. Currently, we are investigating various ways to generate and detect pure spin currents in magnetic materials. Especially, generation of pure magnon spin currents has become a focus of our present activities. We thermally induce pure magnon spin currents in magnetic insulators (with exotic magnetic structures) and detect those with the help of inverse Spin Hall Effect. The phenomenon is known as Spin Seebeck Effect and has generated escalating interest in the scientific community for past few years.