Prof. Umesh Garg


Prof. Umesh Garg


B.Sc, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India (1972)

M.Sc., Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India (1974)

M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York(1975)

Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York (1978)

Current Research:

Prof. Garg’s current research interests include experimental investigation of compressional-mode giant resonances and exotic quantal rotation in nuclei.

Giant resonances are highly collective states of nuclear vibration. The compressional-mode giant resonances provide the only direct experimental measurement of the nuclear incompressibility, a fundamental property of nuclear matter that is crucial to understanding of a number of nuclear and astrophysical phenomena, including strength of collapse in supernovae explosions, collective-flow in high-energy heavy ion collisions, and properties of neutron stars—the “largest nuclei” that exist in nature. Prof. Garg’s group has been investigating the Isoscalar Giant Dipole Resonance, an exotic compressional-oscillation, also referred to as the “squeezing mode”.

The atomic nuclei exhibit a number of interesting and exciting phenomena at large angular momenta viz. shape transitions, quenching of superfluid behavior, order-to-chaos transitions, etc. These effects are studied through the gamma-ray de-excitation of the nucleus following heavy-ion reactions. In recent years, Prof. Garg’s group has investigated the exotic processes of chiral rotation (yes, the nuclei can be left- or right-handed!) and “anti-magnetic” rotation in nuclei.


  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Fulbright Specialist Award, 2015-
  • Guest Professor, Peking University, China, 2015-
  • Adjunct Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India, 2014-
  • JSPS Fellow, RIKEN, Japan, 2012
  • PKU Fellow, Peking University, China, 2012
  • EMMI Visiting Professor, GSI, Germany, 2011
  • Guest scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory (since 1983)
  • Recipient of the 2006 Kaneb Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Recipient of the inaugural Terrence Akai Award for Service to International Students
  • Director of the Department of Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program (since 2000)