|🎓 Alma mater||IIT Kanpur, Syracuse University|
|Surface Science, Condensed matter Physics Experimental|
|👩 Spouse(s)||Ajit Mohan|
|👶 Children||one son|
Shikha Varma is an experimental condensed matter physicist at the Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, India. Her areas of interest include Surface Science, Thin film growth and Growth Modes at Early Stages, Electronic Structure/Band Structure of thin films, Nanostructures and Nanoclusters, Surface Modifications with Ion Implantation, Ion Beam Assisted Structural Modifications.
Shikha went to IIT Kanpur in 1982 for an MSc. She developed interest towards "experimental methods" at IIT and decided to pursue research in experimental field. She finished M.Sc. in 1984 and then completed her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in the U.S.For her Ph.D., she studied the electronic structure and the band structure of thin mercury films on silver substrate, using Ultraviolet Photoemission Spectroscopy and Synchrotron Radiation.
For postdoctoral work, Shikha went to Case Western University in Cleveland, and then to the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she studied the core level photoemission spectroscopy of oxides using X-ray photoelectron diffraction. In 1993, she went to the University of California-Santa Barbara where she studied the MBE and MOCVD grown quantum dots structures by AFM and STM. Shikha joined Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar on 10 October 1994. Currently she is a professor of Physics at the institute. Some other positions that Shikha held include:
- Visiting Scientist, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, (CA) USA
- Associate Lecturer & Research Associate, Surface Science, Physics Department, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, (WI) USA
- Research Associate, Surface Science, Physics Department, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, (OH) USA
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