Faculty Details


Panchanana Khuntia

Associate Professor

HSB 119 A

Ph.D. IIT Bombay

Areas of Interest

  • Quantum Materials, Topological Quantum States, Quantum Phase Transitions, Nanomaterials
  • NMR, µSR, Neutron Scattering

Current Research

The quantum materials group focuses on the design, growth, and investigation of novel quantum materials that are promising to host rich and diverse electronic and magnetic phenomena with exotic quasiparticle excitations. The entangled states with fractional excitations in quantum materials may provide essential ingredients to address some of the fundamental questions in condensed matter.


Current PhD Students

Recent Publications

  • The Ising triangular-lattice antiferromagnet neodymium heptatantalate as a quantum spin liquid candidate. T. Arh, B. Sana, M. Pregelj, P. Khuntia, Z. Jaglicic, M. D. Le, P. K. Biswas, P. Manuel, L. Mangin-Thro, A. Ozarowski, A. Zorko. Nature Materials 21, 416 (2022).
    DOI: 10.1038/s41563-021-01169-y. 2022.
  • Magnetic properties of a spin-orbit driven hyperkagome. B. Sana,M. Barik,U. Jena, M. Baenitz, J. Sichelschmidt, K. Sethupathi, and P. Khuntia*. Submitted. 2022.
  • Magnetism and spin dynamics of a spin-orbit entangled honeycomb lattice antiferromagnet. J. Khatua, Q. P. Ding,M. S. Ramachandra Rao, Y. Furukawa, and P.Khuntia*. Submitted. 2022.
  • Magnetic properties of honeycomb lattice antiferromagnet. V. K. Singh, J. Link, K. Kargeti, M. Barik, U. Jena, N. Saraswat, I. Heinmaa, P. Khuntia, K. Boya, S. K. Panda, R. Stern, Y. Bitla, T. Chakrabarty, and B. Koteswararao. Submitted. 2022.
  • S=1 dimer system : A candidate for magnon Bose-Einstein condensation. B Lenz, B Koteswararao, S Biermann, P Khuntia, M Baenitz, SK Panda. Physical Review B ( Letters). 106. L180408.
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.106.L180408. 2022.
  • Emergent Phenomena in Frustrated Quantum Materials. J. Khatua, B. Sana, A. Zorko, M. Gomilšek, K. Sethupathi, M. S. Ramachandra Rao, M. Baenitz, B. Schmidt, and P. Khuntia*. Submitted. 2022.
  • Spin liquid state in a rare-earth hyperkagome lattice. J. Khatua, S. Bhattacharya, Q. P. Ding, S. Vrtnik, A. M. Strydom, N. P. Butch, H. Luetkens, E. Kermarrec, M. S. Ramachandra Rao, A. Zorko, Y. Furukawa, and P. Khuntia*. Phys. Rev. B 106, 104404(2022).
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.106.104404. 2022.
  • Magnetic properties of triangular lattice antiferromagnets Ba3RB9O18 (R = Yb, Er). J. Khatua, M. Pregelj, A. Elghandour, Z. Jaglicic, R. Klingeler, A. Zorko, P. Khuntia*. Physical Review B 106, 104408 (2022).
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.106.104408. 2022.
  • Electronic structure and magnetic properties of 3d-4f double perovskite material. S. Kundu, A. Pal, Amit Chauhan, K. Patro, K. Anand, S. Rana, V. G. Sathe, Amish G. Joshi, P. Pal, K. Sethupathi, B. R. K. Nanda, P. Khuntia*. Physical Review Materials 6, 104401 (2022).
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.6.104401. 2022.
  • Signature of a randomness-driven spin-liquid state in a frustrated magnet. J. Khatua, M. Gomilšek, J. C. Orain, A. M. Strydom, Z. Jagli?i?, C. V. Colin, S. Petit, A. Ozarowski, L. Mangin-Thro, K. Sethupathi, M. S. Ramachandra Rao, A. Zorko & P. Khuntia*. Communications Physics ( Nature). 5. 99.
    DOI: 10.1038/s42005-022-00879-2. 2022.
  • Electronic structure and magnetic properties of the effective spin Jeff = 1/2 two-dimensional triangular lattice K3Yb(VO4)2 . U. K. Voma, S. Bhattacharya, E. Kermarrec, J. Alam, Y. M. Jana, B. Sana, P. Khuntia, S. K. Panda, and B. Koteswararao . Physical Review B . 104 . 144411 . 2021.
  • Development of short and long-range magnetic order in the double perovskite based frustrated triangular lattice antiferromagnet Ba2MnTeO6 . J. Khatua, T. Arh, Shashi B. Mishra, H. Luetkens, A. Zorko, B. Sana, M. S. Ramachandra Rao, B. R. K. Nanda, P. Khuntia* . Scientific Reports (Nature Publications) . 11 . 6959 . 2021.
  • Magnetic properties of the S=5/2 anisotropic triangular chain compound Bi3FeMo2O12 . K. Boya, K. Nam, A. K. Manna, J. Kang, C. Lyi, A. Jain, S. M. Yusuf, P. Khuntia, B. Sana, V. Kumar, A. V. Mahajan, Deepak R. Patil, Kee Hoon Kim, S. K. Panda, and B. Koteswararao . Physical Review B . 104 . 184402 . 2021.
  • Gapless ground state in the archetypal quantum kagome antiferromagnet ZnCu3(OH)6Cl2 . P. Khuntia, M. Velazquez, Q. Barthélemy, F. Bert, E. Kermarrec, A. Legros, B. Bernu, L. Messio, A. Zorko, and P. Mendels . Nature Physics . 16 . 469 . 2020.
  • Persistent low-temperature spin dynamics in the mixed-valence iridate Ba3InIr2O9 . Tusharkanti Dey, M. Majumder, J. C. Orain, A. Senyshyn, M. Prinz-Zwick, S. Bachus, Y. Tokiwa, F. Bert, P. Khuntia, N. Büttgen, A. A. Tsirlin, and P. Gegenwart . Physical Review B . 96 . 174411 . 2017.
  • Symmetry Reduction in the Quantum Kagome Antiferromagnet Herbertsmithite . A. Zorko, M. Herak, M. Gomilsek, J. van Tol, M. Velazquez, P. Khuntia, F. Bert, and P. Mendels . Physical Review Letters . 118 . 017202 . 2017.
  • Local Magnetism and Spin Dynamics of the Frustrated Honeycomb Rhodate Li2RhO3 . P. Khuntia, S. Manni, F. R. Foronda, T. Lancaster, S. J. Blundell, P. Gegenwart, and M. Baenitz . Physical Review B . 96 . 094432 . 2017.
  • Spin Liquid State in the 3D Frustrated Antiferromagnet PbCuTe2O6: NMR and Muon Spin Relaxation Studies . P. Khuntia*, F. Bert, P. Mendels, B. Koteswararao, A. V. Mahajan, M. Baenitz, F. C. Chou, C. Baines, A. Amato, and Y. Furukawa. *~Corresponding author . Physical Review Letters . 116 . 107203 . 2017.
  • Alternating spin chain compound AgVOAsO4 probed by 75As NMR . N. Ahmed, P. Khuntia, K. M. Ranjith, H. Rosner, M. Baenitz, A. A. Tsirlin, and R. Nath . Physical Review B . 96. 224423 . 2017.
  • Bose-Einstein Condensation of Triplons in the S = 1 Tetramer Antiferromagnet : A Compound Close to a Quantum Critical Point . B. Koteswararao, P. Khuntia, R. Kumar, A.V. Mahajan, Arvind Yogi, M. Baenitz, Y. Skourski, and F. C. Chou . Physical Review B (Rapid Communications) . 95 . 180407(R). 2017.
  • Ba3MxTi3−xO9 (M=Ir, Rh): A family of 5d/4d-based diluted quantum spin liquids. R. Kumar, D. Sheptyakov, P. Khuntia, K. Rolfs, P. G. Freeman, H. M. Rønnow, Tusharkanti Dey, M. Baenitz, and A. V. Mahajan. Physical Review B. 94 . 174410 . 2016.
  • Spin liquid state in the disordered triangular lattice Sc2Ga2CuO7 revealed by NMR. P. Khuntia*, R. Kumar, A. V. Mahajan, M. Baenitz, and Y. Furukawa. Physical Reveiw B (Rapid Communications). 93 . 140408 . 2016.
  • Quantum Phase Transitions and Multicriticality in Ta(Fe1−xVx)2. Manuel Brando , Alexander Kerkau, Adriana Todorova, Yoshihiro Yamada, Panchanan Khuntia, Tobias Foerster, Ulrich Burkhardt, Michael Baenitz, and Guido Kreiner. Journal of Physical Society of Japan. 85 . 084707 . 2016.
  • Sc2Ga2CuO7: A possible quantum spin liquid near the percolation threshold. R. Kumar, P. Khuntia, D. Sheptyakov, P. G. Freeman, H. M. Rønnow, B. Koteswararao, M. Baenitz, M. Jeong, and A. V. Mahajan. Physical Review B (Rapid Communications). 92 . 180411 . 2015.
  • Design of compensated ferrimagnetic Heusler alloys for giant tunable exchange bias. Ajaya K. Nayak, Michael Nicklas, Stanislav Chadov, Panchanana Khuntia, Chandra Shekhar, Adel Kalache, Michael Baenitz, Yurii Skourski, Veerendra K. Guduru, Alessandro Puri, Uli Zeitler, J. M. D. Coey, and Claudia Felser. Nature Materials. 14 . 679 . 2015.
  • Contiguous 3d and 4f Magnetism: Strongly Correlated 3d Electrons in YbFe2Al10. P. Khuntia*, P. Peratheepan, A. M. Strydom, Y. Utsumi, K.-T. Ko, K.-D. Tsuei, L. H. Tjeng, F. Steglich, and M. Baenitz. Physical Review Letters. 113 . 216403 . 2014.
  • Magnetic properties and heat capacity of the three-dimensional frustrated S = 1/2 antiferromagnet PbCuTe2O6. B. Koteswararao, R. Kumar, P. Khuntia, Sayantika Bhowal, S. K. Panda, M. R. Rahman, A. V. Mahajan, I. Dasgupta, M. Baenitz, Kee Hoon Kim, and F. C. Chou. Physical Review B. 90 . 035141 . 2014.
  • Magnetization and spin dynamics of the spin S =1/2 hourglass nanomagnet Cu5(OH)2(NIPA)4.10H2O. R. Nath, A. A. Tsirlin, P. Khuntia, O. Janson, T. Foester, M. Padmanabhan, Yu. Skourski, M. Baenitz, H. Rosner, and I. Rousochatzakis. Physical Review B (Editors' Suggestions). 87 . 214417. 2013.
  • Spin-liquid behavior in Jeff=12 triangular lattice compound Ba3IrTi2O9. Tusharkanti Dey, A.V. Mahajan, P. Khuntia, M. Baenitz, B. Koteswararao and F.C. Chou. Physical Review B (Rapid Communications). 86 . 140405 . 2012.
  • 31P NMR investigations on the ferromagnetic quantum critical system YbNi4P2. R. Sarkar, P. Khuntia, C. Krellner, C. Geibel, F. Steglich, and M. Baenitz. Physical Review B (Rapid Communications). 85 . 140409 . 2012.
  • Field tuned critical fluctuations in YFe2Al10: Evidence from magnetization, 27Al (NMR, NQR) investigations. P. Khuntia*, A.M. Strydom, L. S. Wu, M. C. Aronson, F. Steglich, and M. Baenitz,. Physical Review B (Rapid Communications & Editors’ Suggestions). 86 . 220401 . 2012.
  • Magnetic properties and spin dynamics of 3d-4 f molecular complexes. P. Khuntia*, M. Mariani, A. V. Mahajan, A. Lascialfari, F. Borsa, T. D. Pasatoiu, and M. Andruh. Physical Review B. 84 . 184439 . 2011.
  • A missing high-spin molecule in the family of cyano-bridged heptanuclear heterometal complexes, [(LCuII)6FeIII(CN)6]3+, and its CoIII and CrIII analogues, accompanied in the crystal by a novel octameric water cluster. Catalin Maxim, Lorenzo Sorace, Panchanana Khuntia, Augustin M. Madalan, Alessandro Lascialfari, Andrea Caneschi, Yves Journaux, and Marius Andruh. Dalton Transactions. 39 . 4838 . 2010.
  • Magnetic properties and spin dynamics in single molecule paramagnets. P. Khuntia, M.Mariani, M. C. Mozzati, L. Sorace, F. Orsini, A. Lascialfari, F. Borsa, M. Andruh, and C. Maxim. Physical Review B (Editors' Suggestions). 80 . 094413 . 2009.


  • 2016 :  ( July-Nov)-PH5060: Physics Lab I (PG); EP4500: Elective
  • 2017 :  (Jan -May) - PH1020 Physics II; PH5350 Laboratory for Physical Property Measurement and Transducer / Sensor Element Characteristics of Functional Materials ; (Jul - Nov) - PH1010 Physics I
  • 2018 :  (Jan - May) - PH1020 Physics II; (Jul - Nov) - PH1010 Physics I
  • 2019 :  (Jan - May) - PH1020 Physics II; (Jul - Nov) - PH1010 Physics I ( Coordinator)
  • 2020 :  (Jan - May) - PH5230 Seminar; (Jul - Nov) - PH1010 Physics I
  • 2021 :  ( Jan-May): PH1020: Physics II ; ( July-Nov): PH5690: Applied Magnetics; PH5060: Physics Lab I (PG) ( Coordinator) ; EP2090: Engineering Physics Lab I / PH6999 Special Topics in Physics / PH7999 Special Topics in Physics
  • 2022 :  (Jan-May): PH1020: Physics II ; (Jul - Nov) - PH1010 Physics I / PH5291 Project I / PH6999 Special Topics in Physics / PH7999 Special Topics in Physics
  • 2023 :  (Jan - May) - PH1020 Physics II / PH5300 Project II / PH6999 Special Topics in Physics / PH7999 Special Topics in Physics