• Ph.D., Physics, University of Utah, 2016
  • M.S., Physics, University of Utah, 2012
  • M.Sc., Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, 2006
  • B.Sc., Physics,  University of Calcutta, India, 2004

Brief biography

Dr. Kapildeb Ambal is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Wichita State University. He received a B.Sc. with Honors in Physics from the University of Calcutta, India, an M.Sc. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Utah. His doctoral research focused on Imaging and spectroscopy of individual paramagnetic quantum states at the atomic scale. Before joining Wichita State University, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland and a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standard Technology (NIST), where he worked on measuring properties of emerging magnetic memory (MRAM) devices. He is currently working on the investigation of spin-dependent electronic processes at the nanoscale in condensed matter devices to reveal the mesoscale physics that controls charge and spin motion.    


Areas of Research Interest

My current research interest focuses on investigating fundamental physics that controls the spin and charge transport in condensed matter devices. The projects he is currently working on are; 1) interface engineering for low-cost solar cells using sustainable materials, 2) measurement of magnetic properties of magnetic nanoparticles for novel magnetic technologies (MRAM) and medical applications, and 3) enhancing 3D printed metal parts' quality and corrosion resistance using quantum metrology.

Areas of Teaching Interest

1. Solid State Physics

2. Quantum information science (QIS)


[14] Suvechhya Lamichhane, Rupak Timalsina, Cody Schultz, Ilja Fescenko, Kapildeb Ambal, Sy-Hwang Liou, Rebecca Y Lai, Abdelghani Laraoui, Detection of Iron in Nanoclustered Cytochrome C Proteins Using Nitrogen-Vacancy Magnetic Relaxometry, Accepted, Nano Lett. 2024, 24, 3, 873–880

[13] Prem Bahadur Karki, Rupak Timalsina, Mohammadjavad Dowran, Ayodimeji E Aregbesola, Abdelghani Laraoui, Kapildeb Ambal, An efficient method to create high-density nitrogen-vacancy centers in CVD diamond for sensing applications, Diamond and Related Materials 140, 110472 (2023)

[12] Abdelghani Laraoui and Kapildeb Ambal, Opportunities for nitrogen-vacancy-assisted magnetometry to study magnetism in 2D van der Waals magnets, Appl. Phys. Lett. 121, 060502 (2022); https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0091931

[11] Sergey Dushenko, Sean M Blakley, Kapildeb Ambal, Robert D McMichael, Forty-fold Speedup of NV− Center Magnetometry with Sequential Bayesian Experiment Design, Conference: CLEO: Science and Innovations, Optical Society of America.

[10] Kapildeb Ambal, Robert D Mcmichael, Device and method to transform discrete voltage pulses to a phase-sensitive continuous signal, US Patent: 10999109

[9]  Sergey Dushenko, Kapildeb Ambal, and Robert D. McMichael, Sequential Bayesian Experiment Design for Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance of Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers, Phys. Rev. Applied 14, 054036 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevApplied.14.054036 

[8]  K. Ambal and R. D. McMichael, A differential rate meter for real-time peak tracking in optically detected magnetic resonance at low photon count rates, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 90, 023907 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5065515 

[7]   K. Ambal, C. C. Williams, and C. Boehme, In situ absolute magnetometry in an UHV scanning probe microscope using conducting polymer-thin film, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 35, 021602 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1116/1.4973920

[6]   Joshi, R. Miller, L. Ogden, M. Kavand, S. Jamali, K. Ambal, S. Venkatesh, D. Schurig, H. Malissa, J. M. Lupton, and C. Boehme, Separating hyperfine from spin-orbit interactions in organic semiconductors by multi-octave magnetic resonance using coplanar waveguide microresonators, Appl. Phys. Lett. 109, 103303 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4960158

[5]  K. Ambal, P. Rahe, A. Payne, J. Slinkman, C. C. Williams, and C. Boehme, Electrical current through individual pairs of phosphorus donor atoms and silicon dangling bonds, Sci. Rep. 6, 1 (2016). doi: 10.1038/srep18531 (2016)

[4]   K. Ambal, . Payne, D. P. Waters, C. C. Williams, and C. Boehme, Spin-Relaxation Dynamics of E' Centers at High Density in SiO­2 Thin Films for Single-Spin Tunneling Force Microscopy, Phys. Rev. Appl. 4, 024008 (2015).

[3]   Payne, Ambal, C. Boehme, and C. C. Williams, Atomic-resolution single-spin magnetic resonance detection concept based on tunneling force microscopy, Phys. Rev. B 91, 195433 (2015).

[2]   W. J. Baker, K. Ambal, D. P. Waters, R. Baarda, H. Morishita, K. van Schooten, D. R. McCamey, J. M.   Lupton, and C. Boehme, Robust absolute magnetometry with organic thin-film devices, Nat.      Commun. 3, 1 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms1895

[1]   J. Zhang, W. L. Holland, L. Wilson, J. M. Tanner, D. Kearns, J. M. Cahoon, D. Pettey, J. Losee, B. Duncan, D. Gale, C. A. Kowalski, N. Deeter, A. Nichols, M. Deesing, C. Arrant, T. Ruan, C. Boehme, D. R. McCamey, J. Rou, K. Ambal, K. K. Narra, S. A. Summers, E. D. Abel, and J. D. Symons, Ceramide mediates vascular dysfunction in diet-induced obesity by PP2A-mediated dephosphorylation of the eNOS-Akt complex, Diabetes 61, 1848 (2012).  https://doi.org/10.2337/db11-1399

Patents and other Intellectual Property

[1]   K. AMBAL and R. D. MCMICHAEL, Device and method to transform discrete voltage pulses to a phase-sensitive continuous signal, US Patent 10,999,109.


4. NSF, Award# 2328822 , $800,000  (10/2023 – 09/2026), Role: PI

3. NSF, Award# 2033210, $ 209,287 (02/2021 – 08/2024),  Role: PI

2. Wichita State University,  Convergence Sciences Initiative Grant, $300,000, Role : co-PI

1. Wichita State University, URCA, $ 4,500, Role: PI