Ashwani Kumar

Associate Professor, Physics and Engineering

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Serving as an associate professor in the physics and engineering department, Ashwani Kumar joined the Monmouth faculty in July 2011. He has taught classes in physics, mathematics, quantum and classical mechanics, and astronomy.

Ashwani earned his undergraduate degree from Government College for Men in 1997, before completing his masters of science at Panjab University in 1999, both in his native country of India. Ashwani earned a doctorate from Florida State University, studying condensed matter and material physics in relation to superconductivity and quantum phase transitions in geometrically constrained systems. He then spent two years conducting research in postdoctoral program at Purdue University.


Low-dimensional superconductivity and Quantum Hall effect.


B.S. — Government College for Men, 1997

M.S. — Panjab University, 1999

Ph.D. — Florida State University, 2009

Courses Taught

Phys 325: Solid State Physics

Phys 311: Mathematical Methods

Phys 310: Quantum Mechanics

Phys 280: Modern Physics

Phys 209: Statics

Phys 208: Classical Mechanics

Phys 130 wL: College Physics

Phys 103 wL: Astronomy

Selected Work

Ashwani Kumar, H. J. Gardner, L. Yu, and P. Xiong, Superconductor –insulator transitions in ultrathin a-Pb films: comparison of the effects of disorder, magnetic field, and magnetic impurity, Conductor-insulator quantum phase transitions, chapter 14, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-959259-3 (Spetember 2012)

H J Gardner, A. Kumar, L. Yu , P. Xiong, M.P. Warusawithana, L. Wang, O. Vafek, D.G. Schlom S. Thiel, C. Richter, and J. Mannhart , Enhancement of superconductivity by parallel magnetic field in two dimensional superconductors, Nature Physics 7, pp 895-900 (2011).

A. Kumar, M.J. Manfra, L.N. Pfeiffer, K.W. West, and G.A. Csáthy, Nonconventional odd-denominator fractional quantum Hall states in the second Landau level, Phys. Rev. Lett. Vol 105, pp 246808 (2010)